Most New York City students will return to school two or three days a week in the fall and learn online the rest of the time, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday.
Under the plan parents can opt out of sending their children at any time, he said. ’Most schools will not be able to have all their kids in school at the same time,’ de Blasio said.
New York City´s school buildings were closed in March when nonessential businesses were shuttered to halt the spread of the coronavirus.
De Blasio said parents will have the option of online-only instruction for their children, but he said 75 per cent of parents who answered a survey want their children in school in September.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has clashed with de Blasio repeatedly over control of the city’s schools and other issues.
He said all school districts statewide must submit plans for reopening by July 31 and state officials will decide in the first week of August whether to accept the plans and whether schools will reopen at all.
Many questions were left unanswered, including what working parents will do on the days when their children are learning at home.
Most New York City students will return to school two or three days a week in the fall and learn online the rest of the time, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday
Students at Stuyvesant High School leave after classes in New York in March. Most New York City students will return to their physical schools two or three days a week and learn online the rest of the time under a plan announced Wednesday
‘They can submit a plan, the plan will be reviewed and then we will accept or deny the specific plan or ask for alterations on the specific plan and then make a global decision as to whether or not any school district will reopen and that will be the first week of August,’ said Cuomo.
He held a press conference in New York City shortly after de Blasio´s briefing.
De Blasio said the city would work closely ‘every step of the way with the state of New York.’
‘When you think about social distancing, you need more space,’ de Blasio said. ‘You’re going to have fewer kids in a classroom, fewer kids in the school building.’
De Blasio said online-only instruction ‘has been really fantastic for certain students,’ but many others lacked internet access or devices to connect to their online classes.
Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza said new protocols for September will include face coverings for students and staff, and nightly deep cleaning of schools.
The city´s public school system, with 1.1 million people, is by far the nation´s largest.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said all school districts statewide must submit plans for reopening by July 31 and state officials will decide in the first week of August whether to accept the plans and whether schools will reopen at all
Under one model outlined by de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, one group of students at a school would be in their classrooms on Tuesdays and Thursdays, a second group would be in class Wednesdays and Fridays and the two groups would alternate Mondays.
‘This is very new and different and I know it´s no one´s first choice, but we need to do it to maintain the health and safety of our school communities,’ Carranza said.
He said protocols for reopening in September will include face coverings for students and staff and nightly deep cleaning of schools.
De Blasio said the question of how working parents will cope with the blended learning plan is ‘something we´re going to be building as we go along.’
‘Some parents are going to be able to make it work under current conditions. Some are going to need extra help, and we´re going to work over the coming weeks to find other ways to help them,’ he said.
New York City´s school buildings were closed in March when nonessential businesses were shuttered to halt the spread of the coronavirus
The announcement of a reopening plan came the day after President Donald Trump said he would pressure state and local officials nationwide to open schools.
New York, once the epicenter of the coronavirus in the United States, has been reopening in stages as officials seek to keep the rate of new infections low.
Cuomo announced that malls can start to open in certain parts of the state on Friday as long as they have the right air filtration systems. ‘There are air filtration systems that can take COVID out of the air,’ he said.
The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 peaked at more than 18,000 statewide in mid-April and has plunged since then, but hospitalizations ticked up over the last two days, from around 815 Sunday to more than 840 Tuesday.
Cuomo said 11 coronavirus deaths were reported in the state Tuesday.
‘You get a little uptick, a little down, but they´re basically all in good shape,’ Cuomo said of the metrics.
Cuomo said all county fairs will be canceled this summer. Earlier this week, he announced the cancellation of the annual state fair in Syracuse.
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