Mayor de Blasio announced plans to reopen public schools in the fall for in-person learning only. There will be no option for remote learning in for the 2021-2022 school year.
In a letter addressed to NYC families, the Dept. of Education cited a “rolling 7-day COVID positivity rate of 0.16% and a consistently low transmission rate” as justification for the safe return of all students to traditional learning inside school buildings.
According to the letter, the following measures and precautions will be implemented:
- Masks will continue to be a requirement in all of our school buildings
- Individuals with COVID-19 symptoms will continue to be required to stay at home
- Students, teachers and staff will continue to complete the daily health screener at home
- Every school building will continue to have a nurse
- Every classroom will have working ventilation systems
- On-site COVID-19 testing will continue in school buildings as recommended by the latest health
- The Situation Room will continue to support schools with next steps if there are positive cases
Borough-wide Family Forums will be held in the fall where parents can voice their concerns and learn about the DOE’s plans for providing an “enriching and challenging academic experience that integrates social-emotional learning.” Dates to be announced over the summer
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