The largest Public School system in the country reopens its school’s to students after bitter wrangling between the teachers and others and New York Mayor de Blasio….
School’s in the New York suburbs have been open for almost a month…
There have been sprat cases of students and teachers testing positive for the virus and some school closures for ‘deep cleaning’ afterwards with reopening after a short period…No long term closures have been reported…
All in all ?
The school year is progressing….
Virual stay at home schooling is varies by school district but encompasses a large amount of students…
New York City completed the reopening of all its public schools Thursday morning, a major step in its recovery from having been the global epicenter of the pandemic and a hopeful sign for the country’s unsteady effort to return children to classrooms.
Not long after sunrise, middle and high school principals welcomed students back into their buildings for the first time since March, following elementary school children who had started earlier this week. About half a million students, from 3-year-olds in pre-K programs to high school seniors, have now returned to school.
On Thursday, Kelisha Prines, 14, started her first day of in-person learning at the Bedford Academy High School in Brooklyn. Her mother, Myisha Sawyer, 32, said Kelisha was looking forward to being back.
“She wanted to get back to the old feeling of school, sitting in the classroom,” Ms. Sawyer said. “She missed her friends, just being around kids.”
Roughly another 480,000 children have opted to start the school year remote-only, an indication of how wary many New Yorkers are of sending their children back to classrooms in a city that still fears a second wave of the virus.
Despite considerable political opposition to reopening and significant planning problems that forced Mayor Bill de Blasio to twice delay the start of in-person classes, New York, which has by far the nation’s largest school system, is now the only large district in the country that has reopened all its schools for in-person instruction….
Experts also widely predict that many classrooms and some school buildings will close in the coming days and weeks as children and teachers test positive. Schools will temporarily close if there are at least two confirmed cases in separate classrooms.
Some closures are to be expected and are not necessarily cause for alarm, public health officials have said, but the entire system could shut down if significant outbreaks are detected.