Mayor Bill de Blasio announced New York City Schools will reopen fully in September. There will not be a remote option.
The first day for students is set for September 13.
“It’s time, it’s really time to go full strength now,” Mayor de Blasio said in a televised interview.
By eliminating the remote option, this announcement also means the remote teaching accommodations will no longer be offered.
The United Federation of Teachers says they have been preparing teachers for a return to classrooms in September, and sent this to members on medical accommodations:
“Please be aware that any medical accommodations that have been granted this school year will expire on June 30. With vaccines now available, we do not anticipate that the DOE will grant blanket accommodations for high-risk populations as it did this school year in response to the COVID-19 crisis. DOE employees will be able to apply for individual medical accommodations that existed before the pandemic, and the DOE will look at each individual’s situation to determine whether it will grant the accommodation.”
UFT President Michael Mulgrew also released a statement Monday morning saying, “There is no substitute for in-person instruction. NYC educators want their students physically in front of them. We want as many students back in school as safely possible. We are glad the Department of Education will hold open houses to show parents how safe our schools are.
“We still have concerns about the safety of a small number of students with extreme medical challenges. For that small group of students, a remote option may still be necessary.”
The mayor’s announcement comes as more than 60% of the city’s one million public school students continue to learn full-time from home.
Mayor de Blasio said parents are welcome to visit the schools over the summer and see the safety precautions.