School opening delay in New York: in-person learning will be spread over 2 weeks, 3-K and Pre-K start on Monday

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) – Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that the city will delay in-person learning for some students.

Rather, there will be a gradual reopening that will occur by grade level and occur over the next two weeks.

“The phases will move forward quickly,” said Mayor de Blasio.

On Monday, September 21, preschool, preschool and preschool education sites will open, including District 75 for Special Education.

The following Tuesday, September 29, K-5 and K-8 schools will reopen.

Finally, on Thursday, October 1, middle and high schools, colleges, transfer / adult schools will reopen.

MORE INFORMATION: New York Department of Education

Mayor de Blasio said he was very committed to in-person learning. “There are some who suggest that distance education should be our future and I say no it cannot be.”

The mayor and chancellor of schools, Richard Carranza, said that UFT, the United Federation of Teachers, had raised “real concerns” about the things that need to be done to open schools in a safe and efficient manner. The conversation lasted several hours, according to the mayor.

“I want to thank them for the frank conversations we had yesterday,” said Michael Mulgrew, president of UFT. “They said in order to do this we have to do it right.”

“Today’s announcement means that all of the planning our schools have done so far will continue. of us have already lived. And I know I have 100% confidence that our educators will rise to the occasion, ”Carranza said.

The mayor of Blasio also announced that the city is adding 2,500 more educators. Just last week, the city added 2,000 more teachers for an immediate total of 4,500 more teachers.

City Councilor Mark Treyger, chairman of the city council’s education committee, said Thursday’s delay in in-person learning came as a surprise to him and school staff, many of whom remain understaffed and not prepared.

“This is a botched and hasty attempt at crisis management, and I have always supported it. The mayor’s promise of in-person service was always going to be inadequate. I have supported this throughout the summer. And now. , when the rubber hit the road and Monday was fast approaching, and schools in my neck of the woods were asking 90 teachers to meet this hybrid model, I knew it wasn’t going to work, ”Treyger said.

The news came as the teachers continued to express serious concerns on safety, and now some parents are shaken up after a video chat hijack in Brooklyn.
A parent of a student who attends IS 259 ​​in Dyker Heights is outraged after saying his daughter’s first day of online orientation was hijacked.

The mother tweeted that the students had started posting photos of President Donald Trump followed by porn.

The class was eventually taken offline.

The district says that despite this happening, they have strict security settings. They are now investigating.

Meanwhile, teachers are sounding the alarm bells and staging protests across town as students move closer to returning to school in person.

Video from Thursday morning showed teachers rallying outside Cardozo High School in Bayside, Queens.

They were protesting against what they say were unsafe conditions inside the building and the lack of adequate staff. This was before the mayor’s announcement of additional educators.

Teachers said they were short of 13 people who would normally cover 65 classes.

They also say they were unable to participate in online meetings Wednesday using technology provided by the district.

Teachers want to delay in-person learning until they feel it can be done safely. It looks like they got what they wanted with two more weeks to prepare.

Teachers in other parts of the city fear their schools will not be ready with enough PPE or nurses, and there are still ventilation issues.

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