New York City to Reopen Public Schools for In-Person Learning

Public schools in New York City will begin reopening in phases for in-person learning, starting with elementary and special education schools, on Dec. 7, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Nov. 29.

Public schools in New York City will begin reopening in phases for in-person learning, starting with elementary and special education schools, on Dec. 7, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Nov. 29.

De Blasio announced that schools for 3-K, Pre-K and K-5 students will resume in-person learning on Dec. 7, followed by District 75 students at all grade levels on Dec. 10, citing that reopening schools is “paramount to recovering from COVID-19.”

Students will be tested weekly and will be required to present a consent form signed by parents, de Blasio said.

The decision came less than two weeks after public schools were ordered to close due to the city reaching a seven-day average positivity rate of 3% last Nov. 19.

De Blasio said schools will no longer close when the city reaches the 3% positivity rate, citing that research has shown that young children appear to be less vulnerable to COVID-19.

“It’s a new approach because we have so much proof now of how safe schools can be,” de Blasio said.

“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 also said.

According to de Blasio, the city reported 1,636 new cases on Nov. 29 with 130 patients admitted to the hospital. The seven-day average positivity rate is at 3.9%.


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