As the pandemic abruptly turned life upside down around the world, roughly a million public school kids in NYC were thrust into a wildly inconsistent learning environment, with repeated openings and closings of school buildings and systemwide shifts to online learning as COVID-19 rates surge.,While education officials promise to reopen schools this fall for full-time learning again, many New York City parents and students are calling for more than academic recovery, but a reckoning with the disrupted school system’s mental health toll on kids.,A Year Of Anxiety And Turmoil In the short term after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that public school buildings were closing on March 16th, 2020 and students were shifting to remote learning, some kids said they initially celebrated a break from school.,Disparate Impacts For New York City’s public school system, whose enrollment is 41% Latino, 26% Black, 16% Asian and 15% white, the deadly toll of the pandemic has been acutely felt: “During the first five months of the pandemic, an estimated 4,200 of 4 million children in the state lost a parent or caregiver to coronavirus, a rate of more than one out of every 1,000, according to a report by the United Hospital Fund and Boston Consulting Group released at the end of September,” with more than half of those affected children residents of the Bronx, Brooklyn or Queens, according to Gotham Gazette, which reported the pandemic has disportionately taken parents away from Black and Hispanic families: 1 out of every 600 Black children, and 1 out of every 700 Hispanic children have lost a parent or caregiver, compared to 1 out of 1,400 Asian children and 1 out of 1,500 white children in New York.,The public school student population is also primarily low-income, a point which was hammered home last spring when the city Department of Education had to scramble to outfit hundreds of thousands of families with devices for remote learning.

— Vonda K. Wright, 54, of Wellsville, was cited for assured cleared distance violation after she struck the rear of a stopped vehicle operated by Rozita K. Daugherty, 57, of Steubenville, at the intersection of state Route 39 and Fife Coal Road in Yellow Creek Township at 2:22 p.m. Tuesday.,— Matthew R. McGuire, 27, of Lisbon, was cited for failured to stop an assured cleared distance after he struck the rear of a vehicle driven by Randy L. Garretson, 35, of Lisbon at the intersection of state routes 7 and 558 in Fairfield Township at 3:31 p.m. Wednesday.,— Dustin Mellon, 19, of Hammondsville, was cited for assured clear distance after he struck the rear of a vehicle driven by Giovanna Pucci, 16, of Wellsville, while attempting to pass on state Route 39 in Yellow Creek Township at 9:33 p.m. Mellon’s vehicle overturned after striking the other vehicle.,— An officer responded to the 100 block of Chris Avenue in Washingtonville at 7:31 p.m. Wednesday to assist a Washingtonville officer on a traffic stop in which he stopped the driver for fictitious plates then learned the driver was suspended.,— An officer responded to the 900 block of West Main Street in Washingtonville at 10:33 p.m. Wednesday in reference to a Washingtonville officer not responding to the radio.