Coney Island Prep school system suing federal government over handling of pandemic
A charter school system in Coney Island is suing the federal government over their handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Coney Island Prep is a K-12 school system with a student body made up of 75% Black and Latinx.
The school system has been remote since August and lingering in the orange zone. School officials say they just want the green light for their three schools to reopen.
The heads of Coney Island Prep are not asking for money damages in the litigation. What they are asking for is the federal government to do its job.
With a pro-bono legal team, they are taking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to the southern district of New York. Their case is standing on a 2019 bipartisan law - the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparation and Innovation Act.
The act mandates a bio surveillance network to provide real-time information on health emergencies, such as testing and tracing.
Deliberations between the school and the federal government are ongoing.
News 12 reached out to the CDC but has not heard back.