Should New York City have fully closed schools in March 2020?

Anthony LaMesa
6 min readFeb 24, 2023

Probably not.

With the devastating consequences of pandemic school closures becoming more and more clear, it’s worth revisiting former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s March 2020 decision to close America’s largest school system. It was a decision of great consequence that led to over a million children being locked out of school — and undoubtedly motivated other districts to shut their doors.

Allow me to begin by saying that, of course, I recognize spring 2020 was an extremely difficult…