NYC Schools Delayed Again

Just four days before NYC school children were supposed to begin in-person learning, Mayor DeBlazio announced further delays to the school year.

  • Monday, September 21st: Pre-K and children in special needs D75 schools begin school
  • Tuesday, September 29th: K-5 and K-8 schools open
  • Thursday, October 1st: Middle and High Schools open

The Mayor explained the delay would enable the City to address staffing shortages. However, this 11th-hour change leaves parents scrambling to adjust their work and childcare schedules and sends teachers back to the drawing board to revise their teaching plans.  It also calls into question Mayor’s entire handling of the situation.

In addition, the City has also backtracked on providing students with live instruction during remote sessions.

If you’d like to ask the Mayor about his thought process, call into the Brian Lehrer show on WNYC at 10:00 am for Ask the Mayor.

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  • StudioBrooklyn

    Another predictable snafu associated with the impossible logistics of the Blended model. And once we’re back, how many student cohorts will be locked down in each school due to a Covid contact before we inevitably go fully remote and have to come up with a new schedule, a new way of doing things, all over again? How much money will we have wasted on this?

    We could have spent the summer improving virtual teaching and, like many other districts across the country, committed to starting fully remote much earlier on, without the need for these costly last-minute changes. We could have leveraged the immense wealth of our city to make it feasible for every family to stay home and stay safe. I’m sure we could have.

    Our priorities just aren’t there. This craziness and confusion is happening because people are pretending the pandemic is over, but we haven’t even seen the end of the first wave.