Big Apple parents are scared their kids could catch the potentially deadly coronavirus at school — and are wondering how they’ll care for themselves and their children if the flu-like bug spreads into the home.
“One of the concerns that I have is drop off and pick up because all of the parents and nannies are there who all have to take the train and have to travel in to come here so it becomes a dash to get your kid out of school pretty much,” said Alex Quvus, who’s six-year-old son Sebastian attends a public school, Children’s Workshop, in the East Village.
“You just want to grab them and go, no hanging around, no chit-chatting, that kind of thing.”
Quvus told The Post he’s worried about his adorable son bringing the virus home, because his wife — who is currently traveling out of state — must deal with a compromised immune system.
“If he gets it we stay home but if I get it… to take care of him and myself is a-whole-nother bag of worms I’d have to deal with,” the 43-year-old stay at home dad said.
“My son is pretty smart, I know he’s very careful now that I’ve kind of drilled it into him… [telling him to] wash your hands, cover your mouth” and be a little less “hands-on” with his schoolyard buddies, Quvus went on.
Kay Williamson, who’s six-year-old daughter Alesia attends Success Academy in Brooklyn, was relieved to hear the charter school was moving to remote learning “effective immediately” Friday morning.
“I do not think school should be open, social distancing is proven science to help with the spread of this virus,” Williamson told The Post.
“I think her school administrators as a whole did the right thing.”
A slew of Big Apple teachers echoed those thoughts Friday, saying districts must close immediately so they don’t risk bringing the bug home and infecting older, or immunocompromised, family members.
“My kids’ hygiene is terrible. I’m so nervous that someone could carry it in to school and I become a carrier,” a 31-year-old Brooklyn high-school teacher told The Post on the condition of anonymity.
“If I bring that home, it is a disaster. My mom has [rheumatoid arthritis] and just had surgery. My dad has cancer. My husband has asthma. If I bring it home, I’m getting them all sick,” the teacher went on.
“Absolutely we should be closing.”
The teacher said her 3,800-student school has seen a slow decline in attendance this week. Today, she added, there were fewer than 1,000 kids in class.
“Many students have been pulled by parents already because they’re nervous,” the woman said.
Another instructor, a 30-year-old who works in a Brooklyn middle school, said schools should close, at the very least, for a deep cleaning.
“We are doing our best to keep our classrooms clean but we are lacking supplies. The schools are still waiting for shipments and the stores barely have any,” the instructor said.