The city Health Department shut down two Jewish schools in Brooklyn for failing to submit immunization and attendance records amid the measles outbreak.
The school Tiferes Bnos on Marcy Avenue and preschool Talmud Torah D’Nitra on Bedford Avenue will not be permitted to reopen until the department approves a corrective action plan that addresses the lapses in compliance.
Health officials previously closed five schools – including the United Talmudical Academy’s preschool run by a Williamsburg yeshiva — for failing to comply with the health commissioner’s order.
The order requires yeshivas and child-care programs in certain ZIP codes to exclude unvaccinated students and to provide the Health Department with immediate access to medical and attendance records.
All five have been authorized to reopen under Health Department monitoring.
“Schools that continue to disregard our direction during the outbreak will be closed down until they can prove to the Health Department that they will comply,” Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot said in a statement.
“The reality is, the longer it takes schools and individuals to comply with our Order, the longer this outbreak will continue,” he added.
In addition, 57 people have received summonses for being non-compliant with the emergency order since the city began issuing summonses last week.
Any person receiving a summons is entitled to a hearing, and if the hearing officer upholds the summons, a $1,000 penalty will be imposed.
Failing to appear at the hearing or respond to the summons will result in a $2,000 fine.
To date, 423 cases of the highly contagious disease have been confirmed since the beginning of the outbreak in October.
Of those, 348 cases have occurred in Williamsburg, which has been under an emergency order issued April 9 requiring those who live or work in the ZIP codes 11205, 11206, 11211, 11249 to have been vaccinated with the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine.
A small number of cases have occurred outside of these neighborhoods but have so far not resulted in sustained transmission of the disease.