NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Parents and educators rallied at New York City Hall on Saturday, pushing for a remote option in schools.

They’re concerned about the safety of students and staff with in-person instruction mandatory and a rise in COVID cases.

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They’re calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Department of Education to allow remote learning.

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“One that is a permanent part of our workplace policy, not temporary and just for the duration of this pandemic,” said Shahana Hanif, Democratic nominee for New York City Council – Brooklyn.

“We’d all much rather be home working and teaching and keeping each other and our kids safe,” art educator Tajh Sutton said.

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Earlier this week, the city annoucned it’s upgrading health and safety measures in schools with testing every week.

CBSNewYork Team