NYC Schools Will Offer Mix of In-Person, Online Classes

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Politico: The nation’s largest school system will not be able to fully reopen for its 1.1 million students because of the coronavirus pandemic, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
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New York City’s public schools will offer a mix of in-person classes and online learning when they reopen in the fall, with most children going to school two to three days a week, city leaders announced Wednesday.

The nation’s largest school system will not be able to fully reopen for its 1.1 million students because of the coronavirus pandemic, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. It will use a “blended learning” approach to keep numbers lower and allow social distancing between students, with children in school buildings part of the time and learning online at other times.

Families will also have the option to do online learning full time if they don’t feel safe returning to schools in person.

“Most schools will not be able to have all their kids in school at the same time,” said de Blasio.

City schools closed their doors in March as the pandemic bore down on the city, where it has killed more than 23,000 people. Students, teachers, and parents scrambled to adapt to learning from home, and leaders acknowledge that their education has suffered as a result, and the educational divide between affluent and low-income parents has widened.

New York City leaders were initially confident they would be able to fully reopen the schools in September, but now say they will have to limit attendance to keep students and staff six feet apart — potentially until there is a vaccine or a cure for Covid-19.

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