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Constantinides Wants Comprehensive Plan For All Students To Be Taught Remotely Following COVID-19 Spike

Queens Council Member Costa Constantinides (NYC Council)

Oct. 7, 2020 By Michael Dorgan

Queens Council Member Costa Constantinides wants the city to provide a concrete plan for all public school students to be taught remotely following an uptick in COVID-19 cases.

The Astoria lawmaker said the recent increase in coronavirus cases means that all public schools are on course to being shut down and the city must now come up with a comprehensive plan for all students to be taught online.

Constantinides said the city needs to act now instead of waiting and then rushing a plan out.

He said that the city cannot repeat the mistakes from March whereby schools were abruptly closed and proper plans were not put in place for remote learning.

Constantinides said that students, educators and parents deserve definitive guidelines from the city as to how students are being taught this year.

The governor and mayor have already announced that schools in several COVID hotspots – including Kew Gardens, Kew Gardens Hills and Far Rockaway – must shut down this week and Constantinides said that it’s only a matter of time before all city schools shutter.

“At this point it’s not a question of if New York City’s schools will close, but when,” Constantinides said in a statement Tuesday.

“Instead of rushing into a plan for full remote learning, the city must clearly, transparently develop a strategy to take as many students as possible fully online,” he said.

The city’s public school students were automatically enrolled in a blended learning model for the new school year in which they attend class in-person on some weekdays and learn remotely on other days.

The blended learning model seeks to reduce the number of students physically attending school in order to allow for social distancing. Parents could choose that their children attend classes remotely five days a week.

However, the surge in cases means that all students will likely end up learning from home for the bulk of this school year, Constantinides said.

Constantinides said while all schools should now be transitioning to remote learning, some students – like 3-K, Pre-K and District 75 students – will still require in-person learning.

“We need a safe plan to make sure early age and District 75 students get the attention they need, while also keeping them and their teachers safe,” Constantinides said.

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ABoondy

his words go on deaf ears. whats the point? there’s going to be a generation of kids that just wont make it to college.

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Dietmar Detering

Constantinides appears correct with his assessment that the city’s schools will soon be forced to go fully remote. However, I trust my kids’ schools’ administration a million times more than “the city” to do this transition right. DOE, in it’s collusion with the teachers’ union, has created nothing but chaos inside our schools and, at this point, I just want them to stay out of it. Please.

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Schools are safer than the White House at least

I feel safer having my child visit a school than visit the COVID zone in the White House

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Mr Pathological

I wanted to post something relevant about school closures but my mental illness makes me see trump all the time…so trump went to school once therefore trumps fault….because trump…yes and something about school closures I think…but still trump

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I agree, Trump knew he was infectious and continued spreading it to the entire white house

We can learn from such a stupid mistake, and keep our children safer than the president.

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#dumpdeblasio

The tds runs deep with our local radicals
They blame Trump it a cat climbs a tree
They are broken people

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Calling it the "Trump Virus" is not racist

Just because Trump personally spread the virus doesn’t mean that Trump personally spread the virus

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