Students across the U.S. are planning walkouts to protest in-person learning amid a national spike in COVID-19 omicron cases.
More than 4,100 schools nationwide were closed as of Tuesday — a slight reduction from the more than 5,400 schools closed last week following winter break, according to community event website Burbio, which tracks school closures in more than 5,000 U.S. school districts. The closures came largely due to increasing COVID-19 cases and related staffing shortages.
In New York City, students at Brooklyn Technical High School made headlines Tuesday after videos posted to social media showed swaths of students leaving a school building in the middle of the day, protesting in-person learning amid an apparent lack of testing for students and staff, according to local reports.
"We don’t feel safe at school," a Brooklyn Tech junior told The New York Post Tuesday. "It’s pretty much that simple. There are so many cases going around and we think more should be done."
Sources told the Post that some teachers gave students a green light to leave classes while others said they could face disciplinary action for doing so. Other students at Stuyvesant and Bronx Science also participated in walkouts, according to the outlet.
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