New York City’s school-principals union demanded Sunday that Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Richard Carranza abdicate control of the system to the state — a brutal rebuke over their handling of COVID-19.

The stunning move is just the latest sign of upheaval for the city’s embattled public schools amid the coronavirus — and comes only two days before the scheduled start of in-classroom learning for K-8 students.

The Council of School Supervisors and Administrators said it was taking the unprecedented step of seeking state intervention partly because there are more than 200 elementary-school principals who still need a total of 1,200 teachers before K-8 on-site instruction begins Tuesday.

And instead of trying to deal with the staffing crisis, district higher-ups have only pushed principals to lie and help them cover up the issue, the union claimed.

District superintendents have “verbally pressured [principals] to falsely report that their staffing needs are already met after they requested additional staff due to safety concerns,’’ the CSA said in its resolution calling for state intervention.

The CSA has “declared a unanimous vote of ‘No Confidence’ in Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza due to their failure to lead New York City through the safe and successful reopening of schools,” the union wrote in the resolution, which its executive board unanimously passed Sunday.

“CSA calls on Mayor de Blasio to cede mayoral control of the Department of Education for the remainder of this health crisis and for Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza to seek the immediate intervention of the New York State Education Department.”

It was clear that the union was furious over Friday’s announcement of a last-minute deal between the de Blasio administration and the city teachers’ union allowing scores more educators to do their jobs from home. The head of the CSA noted what his union called an already-severe classroom staffing shortage — and that the group was kept in the dark about the pact.

“We had no knowledge that MOU [memorandum of understanding] was signed and about to be released,’’ CSA President Mark Cannizzaro griped to reporters Sunday.

“We were disappointed that the mayor and chancellor didn’t share the agreement with us before it was out there.’’

Some city parents said Sunday they agreed wholeheartedly with the principals’ frustration over the de Blasio administration — which has been ripped for failing to make decisions faster about schools amid the pandemic. When officials do finally announce plans, they quickly change them again, but only to hide their own ineptitude over the crisis, critics have said.

“I happen to agree that the schools would be more competently run in state hands. But then, I’d trust Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog over the people running it now,’’ said Justin, a dad with two kids about to start hybrid learning at PS 303 in Forest Hill, Queens.

“The problem is the timing,’’ he told The Post of the principals’ push for a state takeover. “Why make this demand now, two days before in-person classes are set to begin?

“We’re stuck with these two jamooks [de Blasio and Carranza] for now, so for the sake of the kids let’s work with them, not against them.”

Niesha Jordan, whose 7-year-old daughter is about to start in-person learning at PS 182 in Jamaica, Queens, said, “I hear the anger of these principals.

“But please, don’t drop the bomb now,’’ Jordan said, referring to the principals union.

“Just let my child go back to school. She’s been out of school since March. She wants to see her friends, see her teachers. That’s all I care about. … Let’s just move forward and see how it goes.”

A DOE source said the state is very unlikely to intervene and that de Blasio is not going to rescind mayoral control.

“This is just more of a statement than anything,” the source said of the CSA resolution.

Cannizzaro stopped short of suggesting principals would strike if their demand is not met.

“We’re right now in the middle of a pandemic. Our kids need us,” Cannizzaro told reporters. “I feel it would be a disingenuous type of move [to strike]. It would be basically saying, ‘We’re not going to try to make this better for the kids.’ ”

Neither City Hall nor Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office responded to requests for comment from The Post.

High-school students are set to return to the classroom Thursday.

Nearly 50 percent of all parents of New York City public-school children have opted for online-learning only.

A city Department of Education rep, asked Sunday about the CSA resolution, only said that the start of in-person learning for the Big Apple’s public schools is on track.

“For the past six months, we’ve worked with our labor partners to navigate completely uncharted waters and accomplish our shared goal of serving students this fall,’’ spokeswoman Miranda Barbot said.

“We’ll continue this work to guarantee a safe, health and successful opening for all.

“This week, more kids will be safely sitting in New York City classrooms than in any other major American city — a testament to city leadership and our educators’ commitment to their students, and the importance of in-person education.”


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