New York City will not be reopening K-12 classrooms on Sept. 21 but will instead delay K-5 and K-8 schools until Sept. 29 and middle and high schools to Oct. 1 due to coronavirus risks, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday.
Until then, students will continue with remote learning, which began Wednesday.
“Obviously, remote learning has begun already. … We are doing this to make sure that all the standards we’ve set can be achieved,” de Blasio said during a news conference. “We have to have social distancing throughout schools, cleaning constantly, face coverings on students and adults alike.”
This is not New York City’s first delay. Earlier in September, de Blasio delayed reopening classrooms to Sept. 21 in a deal struck with the city’s powerful unions representing teachers, staff and administrators.
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