New York Public Schools To Be In-Person

by Jan Frazier

New York (Washington Insider Magazine)  Mayor Bill de Blasio claims that this fall, all New York City schools will be in-person and not remote.

De Blasio said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” that “We can’t have a full recovery without full-strength schools, everyone back, sitting in those classrooms, kids learning again.”

There are nearly 1 million children attending public schools in New York City. This will be in the classroom minding some guidelines “of the coronavirus protocols.” Such protocols have been in place this entire year, and this includes wearing of masks as well as Covid-19 testing.

New York City will be one of the first schools to reopen this fall. This is happening after the full-school closure in March 2020.  Many parents are still desiring online-only learning for their children.

With children as well as staff members being tested randomly for Covid-19, New York City has “reported very low rates of virus transmission in the schools.”

With many parents reluctant to send their children to school, de Blasio was asked how to fix this problem. De Blasio replied, “a lot of information, a lot of communication” would be the answer to that.

One thought of de Blasio’s was for parents to come to school with their children – starting sometime in June and extending through to August – to become “reacclimated to the idea of in-person school.”

New Jersey’s Gov. Phil Murphy, also announced that their public schools would be open for “in-person learning only in the fall.”

Andrew Cuomo, New York’s governor, has disagreed often with de Blasio throughout the pandemic. Cuomo believes that he has the right to set the rules for public schools. Cuomo has not set any laws for in-person learning in the fall.

De Blasio said that under the current guidelines of staying 3 feet apart, the public schools should have no problems. However, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may relax these guidelines before the start of the 2021-2022 school year.


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