BREAKING NEWS: NYC schools will reopen on September 21 with students attending in-person classes two or three days a week in groups to avoid too many coming in at once
- In-person learning will begin for some students on September 21
- Kids are expected to attend classes two or three days a week and learn remotely for the remainder
- De Blasio had planned to let kids back into the classroom on September 10
- Teachers threatened to strike, saying they did not have enough time to come up with safe plans
- The plan has now been pushed back until September 21
- There will be a mandatory, monthly ‘health monitoring’ program that involves testing, he said
- Nurses will be hired and kids and teachers will be tested at random
- Parents must consent to their child being tested; if they do not, the child may be not be allowed to go to school
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced schools will reopen for students to return in person on September 21
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced schools will reopen for students to return in person on September 21.
In what he is calling a ‘blended learning’ system, students will only come in to school for two or three days per week and rotate in groups to ensure too many are not coming in at once.
It’s unclear how the children will be split, or how social distancing will be enforced in classrooms.
While children are not to go in to school in person until September 21, they are to begin remote learning for a three day ‘transitional’ period will begin on September 16.
Kids will study remotely on September 16th, 17th and 18th. Then, they will start attending in person classes from September 21.
It is down to the schools to divide the children.
Parents can opt for their kids to learn remotely five days a week.
The Department of Education says it has already approved more than 200 plans for outdoor learning, and iPads have been distributed across the city for kids to use at home.
‘Some kids in school one day, other kids in school another day,’ de Blasio said on Tuesday.
In-person learning was due to begin on September 10 but the teachers’ union protested, saying they did not have enough time to organize safe plans for themselves or for the children.
Teachers and staff will go back to schools the week before kids come in to plan, de Blasio said
De Blasio pushed it back to give them more time.
He was vague on Tuesday when for specifics on how often children and staff would have to undergo COVID-19 testing.
There will be a ‘monthly medically monitoring program’ he said, but the details of the program are unclear.
‘Every single school will have this program.
‘We have to assess a certain number of kids in each school every single month. Every single school will have testing, it will be done rigorously.
‘Anyone who tests positive of course will be isolated,’ he said.
The testing will be random, de Blasio’s health officials said, adding that any child who has COVID-19 symptoms or any symptoms of illness should not attend school.
More details will be released to schools this week, he said.