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City closes 10th Jewish school


New York City on Tuesday closed the United Talmudical Academy’s Central Boys Division, a Satmar school in Williamsburg, for violating city orders regarding vaccines and vaccination records. It is the tenth Orthodox school in the city closed this year due to the issue, according to a city official with knowledge of the matter.

In this case, the school failed to meet deadlines to provide the city with students’ immunization records, and when those records were received, investigations showed that the UTA division was still admitting students and faculty who were not vaccinated, the city official said

The school was not given advance notice that it was being closed so that school administrators would not falsify documents ahead of time, the official said.

Before the city allows it to reopen, the school will have to compose a city-approved corrective action plan that ensures that it will no longer admit unvaccinated students. Faculty will need to know how to act if an unvaccinated student attends.

City officials will check back daily to make sure that the school remains closed in the interim, the official said.