Bed-Stuy School Under Investigation For Multiple COVID Cases: DOE

BED-STUY, BROOKLYN – A Bed Stuy school has been examined by education officials after multiple cases of coronavirus were discovered this week, the Ministry of Education said.

PS 308 Clara Cardwell – which is also home to the EMBER Charter School for Mindful Education, Innovation and Transformation – was marked as investigated on Friday’s DOE interactive map, which lists coronavirus cases across the city.

The investigation comes after at least seven classrooms between the two schools have been completely closed or partially quarantined this week, meaning only a subset of students in one classroom will need to be quarantined while others remain at school, according to the map can visit.

Five classrooms at PS 308 were completely closed, two were under partial quarantine and one classroom at EMBER was under partial quarantine.

According to DOE guidelines, schools will only close if an investigation shows that there is widespread transmission in the school.

The new rules have only resulted in six full school closings so far this year, far fewer than the hundreds of expanded closings in the 2020-21 school year under previous guidelines. According to the map, a total of 33 schools were examined for a possible closure this year.

The investigation at PS 308 is the second in Brooklyn this week.

An elementary school in Park Slope was investigated Wednesday even though DOE officials had evacuated the school by Friday. In the Park Slope building there are still seven classrooms under full or partial quarantine.

In Bed-Stuy, PS 308 was one of 20 schools on Friday that dealt with coronavirus cases in the neighborhood.

Most schools have faced partial classroom quarantines, while six had at least one full classroom closure, according to the map.

The cases come as the neighborhood, as well as the rest of New York City and the state, face a surge in the coronavirus.

Citywide average seven-day positivity for the week that ended December 4 was the highest since early September, data shows.

The zip code where PS 308 is located, 11221, had a positivity of 3.48 percent on Dec. 4, slightly higher than citywide and Brooklyn coronavirus rates, which the data said were both around 3 percent.

The school did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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