Burdened by staffing shortages, building ventilation issues and last-minute changes to instructional plans, New York City’s schools will delay bringing back students for in-person instruction — again.
Now, students attending school with a mix of in-person and at-home learning will return to their buildings in phases: Monday for special education and pre-kindergarten students, Sept. 29 for elementary students and Oct. 1 for middle and high school students, the United Federation of Teachers confirmed Thursday.
About 42% of New York children have elected to learn from home full-time, a number that’s increased from 37% in the two weeks since Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city’s teachers union reached the original deal to push back the start of school, from Sept. 10 to Monday.
The chaotic situation has demonstrated just how hard it is to reopen urban school systems during a pandemic. Among the 20 largest school systems in the U.S.,