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In one New York City city, gun violence is so bad that school officials are giving parents the option of distance learning for their children this week.


It operates in Newburgh, about 60 miles north of New York City.

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There have been at least six incidents of firing in the town since November 17, 2021. Two shootings were reported this week itself.

The school district allowed parents to keep their children at home on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and use virtual learning.

Just last week four teenagers were injured in a shootout just a few blocks from Newburgh Free Academy.

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Police say there has been a 19 percent increase in violent crime in Newburgh compared to the same period last year.

In a statement on the district website, the school system said: “We are fortunate to have good working relationships with local law enforcement and various community agencies in district municipalities and Orange County. We will continue to work closely with these organizations. One A multi-tiered support layer that will improve the system currently running.”

District officials say they believe schools are safe and that students learn best when they are present in school buildings but understand that the unrest in the community has caused anxiety for some students.

“Recent acts of violence in the community have prompted the need to prevent and once again reflect on the needs of our student body, faculty and staff in relation to the effectiveness of current processes and routines to provide a safe and secure learning environment. As families, as a district, and as individual school buildings, we all have work to do,” the district said.

There are 14 schools in the district from primary to high school. It has an enrollment of about 11500 students.