New York City has more students in classrooms — about 300,000 — than virtually any city in the country.
Transmission of the virus in schools has been strikingly low.
And one of the city’s top health officials has declared that the public schools are among the safest public places around.
The closure could happen by Thanksgiving, if not sooner.
New York’s agonizing decision reflects a divisive debate raging in almost every country over the importance of reopening schools while the outbreak grinds on.