City Education Department officials canceled school field trips in the area of Monday’s blast as the city took stock of the morning rush-hour attack.
The field trip ban applied to public schools in the immediate area of the explosion, as well as school groups from other areas of the city that were heading there.
City Education Department officials said street closures in the immediate area of the blast played a role in the decision to cancel school excursions.
A department spokeswoman would not say how many schools were impacted or if scheduled field trips would resume Wednesday.
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New York City Parents Union President Mona Davids said she would’ve liked the schools to make a more aggressive response to the incident.
“I think they should’ve ended field trips for the day across the system because of what happened,” said Davids. “They should’ve erred on the side of caution.”
Davids also called on school officials to hold classroom discussions with students on how to stay safe in a terror attack.
City Education Department officials said that a number of schools went into lockdown after Monday’s explosion, but those lockdowns were lifted by 11:30 a.m.
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In a tweet sent just after 10 a.m., first lady Chirlane McCray urged New Yorkers to get help if they were traumatized by the attack.
“Anyone in need of extra support to process the trauma or stress can always call 1-888-NYC-WELL to talk with a trained counselor,” tweeted McCray. “You’re not alone.”
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