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New School Furloughs Student Health Services Staff, Cutting Off Students From a Remote Medical Lifeline

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by Michael Elsen-Rooney

Manhattan’s New School is canning most of its student health services staff to cut costs during the pandemic — right when students say they need the remote medical help the most.

The private East Village institution furloughed 15 of its 19 health services staffers on May 16, including all its doctors and 2/3 of its mental health counselors. Administrators said the furloughs primarily targeted staffers “whose work cannot be completed remotely.”

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