DeBlasio Announces Hybrid Back-To-School Plans For September

Amid the reports of dangerous spikes of Covid-19 across the country, Mayor DeBlasio announced on July 8th NYC public schools will open in September on a “hybrid” schedule. The tentative plan entails three versions of staggered in-school instruction. Protocols include mandatory masks for children, teachers, and staff and nightly deep cleanings of school facilities.

In a letter to families meant to instill confidence in the City’s strategy, School’s Chancellor Richard Carranza introduced a Return to School 2020 resource page. There, parents can explore three programming models.  Digital education publication, Chalkbeat also does a good job of breaking this down. The DOE site explains, “Principals and school leadership teams [SLT’s] will compare the different programming models to the specific needs of their students and communities to select a best-fit model.” Families also have the option of choosing full remote learning. Governor Cuomo, of course, has the final say for opening day on September 10th.

As the pandemic continues to evolve, the DOE encourages families to check Return to School 2020 throughout the summer.

UPDATE 7/13/2020:

Family and Student Information Sessions

Throughout the summer the Office of Family and Community Engagement (FACE) will host a series of Family & Student Information Sessions to answer any questions or concerns that families may have. The first of these will be held on July 16, 2020, from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.  Spanish and Mandarin interpretation will be available.

You can join this event by registering at the Return to School 2020 Webpage.  Translated flyers will also be available for download there.



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  • Reggie

    NBC broadcast interviews last night with five pediatric infectious disease specialists across America, all of whom are parents. The segment ended with the reporter asking them if they would send their kids back to school in the fall. All answered affirmatively, without reservation and in one case emphatically so.

  • Andrew Porter

    Kids should go back to school only when Trump lets his kid, Baron, go back as well.

  • Arch Stanton

    You mean the boy from Brazil?