Teachers union chief threatens legal action against de Blasio over coronavirus spike

The head of the city teachers union threatened legal action Thursday if Mayor Bill de Blasio doesn’t shut down Big Apple schools in some neighborhoods with spiking coronavirus infection rate.

The warning from Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers, came on the same day middle and high school students returned to classrooms across the five boroughs for in-person learning.

“The mayor is continuing to say … it would be the entire city — all or none,” Mulgrew said at University Neighborhood High School on the Lower East Side on Thursday morning. “That doesn’t work for us. And if that means we have to go to court or do something else, we will.”

The city has been grappling with a fresh spike in COVID-19 cases, mostly in Queens and Brooklyn, that’s sent the citywide infection rate past 3 percent for the first time since June.

On Tuesday, de Blasio warned that schools would shutter if the rolling citywide seven-day average hit 3 percent.

But Mulgrew said the city should close schools in some ZIP codes with higher rates if their numbers don’t decrease.

“If those numbers don’t come down, this is where it’s going to land up in a bit of a fight,” Mulgrew said.

Mulgrew lodged similar threats of legal action this summer as the city weighed reopening schools amid the pandemic.

Thursday marked the third phase of the district’s staggered reopening of schools.

Forty-eight percent of students have opted for remote-only learning, including 60 percent of high schoolers, while 40 percent are learning under a blended model of in-person and remote instruction, Mulgrew said.

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