NYC will phase in the reopening of schools in December. Starting with elementary and special education students, public schools will reopen on December 7, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced after the Thanksgiving holiday.
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With a phase approach, pre-k through elementary age students will gradually return to the classroom on December 10. The city is focused on finding testing resources for students. It’s unclear when older kids will return to school. Students and staff will get tested weekly for the coronavirus.
After closing the schools in November, the city is reopening schools “because we have so much proof now of how safe schools can be,” de Blasio said. “We feel confident that we can keep schools safe.” Parents were happy with the decision, too.
“We won. We’re elated that the mayor heard the desperate cries from tens of thousands of parents here who really united to say that school never should have closed and needed to reopen right away,” parent Mia Eisner-Grynberg told NBC New York.
The decision also has the support of teachers, now that set testing rules are in place. “We know that if you put a heavy emphasis on testing and you continually reinforce those health and safety measures, you monitor carefully with the situation room, we know we can keep our schools safe for the duration and link up to that day when we have the vaccine that changes the whole reality for all of us,” de Blasio added.
Governor Cuomo also added his support. “I think that’s the right direction,” the governor said a couple of hours after de Blasio’s announcement. “Just about every professional says the schools, especially K-8, should be kept open whenever its possible to keep them open safely.”
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