Kiryas Joel.

BY MARCY OSTER
NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – A school in the Chasidic village of Kiryas Joel in New York was ordered to close after it was found operating with hundreds of students in its building.

Orange County said in a statement that officials visiting the school “found what appeared to be hundreds of students inside, not wearing personal protective equipment, not social distancing, and plainly in violation of the Governor’s Executive Orders,” the Times Herald-Record reported. The county health department issued a case-and-desist order to the school the following day.

In March, the state of New York issued an order mandating the closure of all schools to prevent the spread of COVID-19, an order that remains in effect.

If the school continues to operate, officials said that it could face criminal prosecution, including criminal negligence for individuals, the order said, according to the Daily Voice.

Ron Coleman, an attorney for the United Talmudical Academy system, told the Times Herald-Record that “the school was not operating as a school,” but administrators had allowed the boys to study independently in the building, which school officials believed was permitted under the state executive order.

Chris Ericson, a deputy county health commissioner who visited the school, told the newspaper that the classrooms were full, teachers were in the rooms, and few wore masks.

The United Talmudical Academy is a Chasidic school system for about 14,500 children in and around Kiryas Joel.

2 thoughts on “School in upstate New York found operating with ‘hundreds of students inside’”
  1. The law should be the same for everyone. In this case for the school.
    It should loose any governmental funding if it has any..
    NY authorities need to show the example that any action against the law will be punished. Otherwise all those kids and their parents will keep breaking laws….

  2. If this is from the last few days, then this is ridiculous as this was already found to be true weeks ago. There is no consequences so why would they stop. Fines and absolutely any funding should be stopped. Governor? Won’t happen

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