You are reading

NYC Schools to Offer Mix of In-Person and Remote Learning This Fall

Schools Chancellor Richards Carranza outlined the reopening plan for NYC public schools in the fall at City Hall today. (Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)

July 8, 2020 By Allie Griffin

More than one million New York City children will return to the classroom for the new school year this fall — but only part time.

The children will not return to the classroom full time, but will be offered a mix of in-person and online learning to ensure proper social distancing, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza announced today.

Most students will attend classes in person either two or three days a week and will spend the remainder of school days learning online.

Carranza outlined the plan at City Hall today, which will be sent to the state for approval by July 31.

“For the 2020-2021 school year, it will look different,” Carranza said.

“We know that we cannot maintain proper physical distancing and have 100 percent of our students in school buildings five days a week,” he said, adding that it’s not physically possible.

About nine to 12 students will be allowed per classroom — and gyms, auditoriums and cafeterias will be converted to classrooms to create more space.

Each school will follow a different weekly schedule based on the building capacity when social distancing measures are in effect.

Children enrolled in schools that can accommodate at least half of their student body under social distancing guidelines will attend classes in-person two to three days a week.

(NYC Dept of Education)

Students who attend schools that can accommodate roughly one third of their student body under the guidelines will have classes one to two days a week on a rotating basis.

(NYC Dept of Education)

Some groups of students, such as those with disabilities, may have in-person classes five days a week, Carranza said. However, the details are still being fleshed out.

School principals will chose the model that works best for their students based on their building size. Students will be provided with their schedules in August.

Families can also completely opt out of in-person lessons and continue with full remote learning at any time. These families will have the option to switch back to in-person classes on a quarterly basis.

But most parents want their kids back in the classroom. About 75 percent of families want their children back at school, according to a Department of Education survey of 400,000 public school parents and students conducted in June.

In Queens — where many school districts have faced overcrowding in classrooms for years — the lack of space could present a big challenge.

“Schools that are historically overcrowded will particularly struggle because they’re only going to be able to use so much space,” de Blasio said.

Students, teachers, administrators and other employees must wear masks at all times. School buildings will be deep cleaned nightly.

“Basically this blended model, this kind of split-schedule model is what we can do under current conditions,” de Blasio said. “And then let’s hope and pray, science helps us out with a vaccine, with a cure, a treatment — the things that will allow us to go farther.”

The city’s schools reopening plan must be approved by state officials. Governor Andrew Cuomo will announce whether schools across the state will reopen for the academic year in the first week of August, he announced today.

email the author: [email protected]

7 Comments

Click for Comments 
I fear to see how this generation is going to fare for themselves as adults.

Without being among some children of similar age (siblings don’t count) children will not be able to grow their interpersonal relationships and HOW to garnish and foster respect and acceptance. We need to at least start the year with everyone in the classroom for face to face meetings.

I’d love to be able to put a face to the name I’m teaching.

10
1
Reply
Gardens Watcher

Teach your kids to wear a mask now. Otherwise keep them at home.

It’s still Cuomo’s call, and there’s so much we don’t know about the virus. It goes wherever it can, and is mutating as it ages.

WEAR A MASK!

8
2
Reply
We wouldn't be in this free babysittingmess

If parents wouldn’t send their kids into school half dead. For a free XBox in June!!!

Reply
Little Man

Poor little Jimmy is term limited. Boohoo!! I don’t know what he will do to feed his ego when no one likes or cares about his social media posts.

12
4
Reply
Did you mean to post that on this article?

He was never mentioned

>when no one likes or cares about his social media posts

Did you know Trump uses Twitter? What a sad hypocrite.

Reply

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

LaGuardia Community College receives federal funding to expand vocational training for the unemployed

LaGuardia Community College recently received more than $400,000 in federal funding to enhance and expand vocational training for underemployed New Yorkers in a city that is still working to recover from COVID-19 pandemic-induced job loss. The support was secured by U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez and former Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney.

LaGuardia Community College President Kenneth Adams explained that the school lost nearly a quarter of its students at the height of the pandemic due to the economic effects of the lockdown on low-income Queens households.

BP launches new advisory panel for youth to become civically engaged in the future of Queens

In an effort to get more young people involved in civics, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards has created a new advisory panel known as the Youth and Young Adult Council to introduce the “youngest and fiercest” community advocates to both community service and organization.

Members of the advisory body will advocate concerns through means of community engagement by participating in one of two cohorts. The first will be made up of high school representatives between the ages of 13 and 17, while the second cohort will be comprised of young adults between the ages of 18 and 25.

Raga sworn in as first-ever Filipino American elected to the state Legislature

More than 300 community members attended the historic inauguration of Assemblyman Steven Raga as the first Filipino American elected to office in New York state.

Many who attended the swearing-in event at the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park wore traditional and cultural attire to the event at the building that once housed the General Assembly of the newly formed United Nations from 1946-50 until its current home in Manhattan became available for the world body.