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New York Closes Orthodox School in Brooklyn because it continues to recognize unvaccinated students in violation of an urban order.
The Central School for Boys, a Hassid School in Williamsburg, will be closed on Tuesday afternoon for violating the provisions on vaccinations and vaccination records . The Agency has learned. This is the 10th Orthodox School in New York, which will be closed this year because of this problem, according to an urban clerk who is familiar with the matter.
Williamsburg, who has a large Orthodox population, is experiencing an outbreak of measles last year infected 588 people in New York. Almost three quarters of these cases occurred in Williamsburg. The city claims that the outbreak is mainly concentrated in the Orthodox community
In April, the city declared a public health emergency because of the outbreak that forced people into four Williamsburg postal codes to vaccinate. The city also announced that schools in Williamsburg would be closed to allow unvaccinated students to attend. Nine of the 1
In addition, last week, the city issued summons to 173 people for non-compliance with the public health order, 68 of whom received vaccinations or provided evidence of immunization
Orthodox authorities urged their communities to vaccinate, and community advocates argue that the percentage of Orthodox vaccinations in Brooklyn is high. However, according to the data shared by the New York Department of Health, only 67% of Williamsburg children aged 19 to 35 months had their first measles vaccine dose at the start of 2018, unlike the average city value of 88%. According to data from the State Department of Education, more than 20 Orthodox schools in Brooklyn had immunization rates lower than 90% last year. Experts recommend an immunization rate of at least 95%.
The Rockland area of New York, where the Orthodox town of Monsieh lives, has also had a significant number of measles cases. Only about 77 percent of the county have been vaccinated, according to state data.
In the case of the Sathar school, the city's official representative said, school officials did not meet the deadlines to provide students with papers for the immunization of students. When these records were received, investigations show that the school still accepts students and teachers who are not vaccinated.
The school did not reply to JTA request a comment. But one parent at the school said JTA that the issue is related to influential families in the community who do not vaccinate their children and continue to send them to school even though the school has asked them not to attend. In general, the parent said, the school encouraged vaccination.
"The school supports it and warns everyone to vaccinate, but then there are people in power who do not, and then where the problem comes," – said the parent. "You have people in power, for example, someone who gives a lot of money to the ewe, or is a big rabbi, and his son does not vaccinate … You can send them home for a day, for two days, but, you know, then he will return … You can not reject it for all. "
The school does not receive a prior notice that it is closed, so school administrators will not falsify documents before
In order for the school to resume, the school must draw up a corrective action plan to ensure that it no longer accepts unvaccinated and students The faculty will have to know how to act if an unvaccinated student is present Before the school opens again, the city will have to approve the school plan
Urban authorities will check every day to make sure the school is closed The city announced on Tuesday afternoon that in the two months of a public health emergency, more than 3,800 measles vaccines were administered to children in Williamsburg – almost twice as much as during the same period of the previous year year.