cloudy.png
Sunday September 27th, 2020 12:11PM

Doubts persist as NYC's hybrid school year is set to start

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's already delayed school year is scheduled to start remotely Wednesday in a soft opening that will serve as a prologue to the return of students to physical classrooms next week.

Even as more than 1 million kids remotely return to class, its an open question whether the city can pull off the hybrid learning system Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in July.

Unions representing teachers and principals in the nation's largest public school district say schools still don't have the teachers or the coronavirus safety measures that are needed, but de Blasio, a Democrat, has insisted that the school year will start as planned with three days of online orientation this week.

Students begin returning to their physical classrooms Monday for the first time since last March when COVID-19 forced the closure of schoolhouses in New York and across much of the nation.

The reopening comes as an average of around 240 people a day are still being diagnosed with the coronavirus in New York City, one of only a few large U.S. cities attempting to start the school year with students in physical classrooms.

Under de Blasio's plan, the majority of students will be in their schools between one and three days a week and home learning on screens the rest of the time. About 42% of families have requested online-only instruction.

All students are supposed to connect with teachers and classmates online in a three-day orientation starting Wednesday that will focus on students' social and emotional well-being and lay out some of the practicalities of how this unprecedented school year will work.

Meanwhile, behind the scenes, teachers and administrators are still working furiously to prepare for the physical return of students to classrooms. And there is still sparring going on between city officials and unions over safety precautions and staffing levels.

Mark Cannizzaro, the president of the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators, which represents principals, said the mayor’s promise to send 2,000 additional teachers into the system to fill gaps created by social distancing requirements still leaves the district “woefully” short-staffed. He says city principals asked for more than 10,000 new teachers.

Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers, questioned both staffing levels and coronavirus safety.

“Right now we still don’t have a teacher for every classroom for students who come in,” Mulgrew said Tuesday on TV station NY1. “We still don’t know if all the schools are being cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis because custodians have not been given all the proper equipment to do those things.”

Some teachers protested outside their schools on Monday. “Now that school staff are back in school buildings, it is clearer than ever that the mayor’s reopening plan is not safe,” the Movement of Rank and File Educators, a militant UFT caucus, said in a statement.

De Blasio has waved off the union complaints. “We’ve been talking about it for weeks and weeks,” he said at his coronavirus briefing on Tuesday. “School is opening on Monday the 21st.”

The city plans to do random testing of students and staff for the virus starting on Oct. 1. The mayor said Monday that a COVID-19 “situation room” would be set up to respond swiftly to school coronavirus cases.

  • Associated Categories: U.S. News, Associated Press (AP), AP National News, Top U.S. News short headlines
© Copyright 2020 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Doubts persist as NYC's hybrid school year is set to start
New York City’s already delayed school year is scheduled to start remotely on Wednesday and in person on Monday
1:06AM ( 8 minutes ago )
'Nothing left in the bucket': Wildfire resources run thin
Firefighters batting the West Coast wildfires say this year's blazes are some of the worst they have ever seen
1:01AM ( 13 minutes ago )
'Huge rainmaker': Hurricane Sally threatens historic floods
Heavy rain and high winds from Hurricane Sally's outer storm bands are pounding the Florida and Alabama coasts
12:36AM ( 38 minutes ago )
U.S. News
Divers in SE Asia may have found US submarine lost in WWII
Divers have found what they believe is the wreck of a U.S. Navy submarine lost 77 years ago in Southeast Asia, providing a coda to a stirring but little-known tale from World War II
1:02AM ( 11 minutes ago )
Dunning pitches White Sox past Twins for 6th straight win
Dane Dunning pitched seven effective innings, Luis Robert had a key two-run single and the Chicago White Sox strengthened their hold on the AL Central with a 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins
12:44AM ( 29 minutes ago )
Isles stay alive: Eberle seals 2-1 2OT win over Lightning
Jordan Eberle scored on a two-on-one break 12:30 into the second overtime and the New York Islanders avoided elimination with a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final
12:22AM ( 52 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
India surpasses 5 million coronavirus cases, 82,066 deaths
India’ coronavirus confirmed cases cross 5 million, still soaring and testing the country’s feeble health care system in tens of thousands of impoverished towns and villages
11:54PM ( 1 hour ago )
Japan's PM Shinzo Abe resigns, clearing way for successor
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Cabinet resigned Wednesday, clearing the way for his successor to take over after parliamentary confirmation later in the day
11:20PM ( 1 hour ago )
Israel signs pacts with 2 Arab states: A 'new' Mideast?
Israel on Tuesday signed historic diplomatic pacts with two Gulf Arab states at a White House ceremony that President Donald Trump declared would mark the “dawn of a new Middle East.”
10:33PM ( 2 hours ago )
AP National News
'Nothing left in the bucket': Wildfire resources run thin
Firefighters batting the West Coast wildfires say this year's blazes are some of the worst they have ever seen
1:01AM ( 13 minutes ago )
'Huge rainmaker': Hurricane Sally threatens historic floods
Heavy rain and high winds from Hurricane Sally's outer storm bands are pounding the Florida and Alabama coasts
12:36AM ( 38 minutes ago )
Transgender activist wins Delaware state senate primary
Transgender activist Sarah McBride has won a Democratic state Senate primary in Delaware and is poised to make history as the first transgender person elected to the state's General Assembly
12:01AM ( 1 hour ago )
Seeping under doors, bad air from West's fires won't ease up
Dangerously dirty air spewing from massive wildfires on the West Coast is seeping into homes and businesses and keeping people already shut away by the coronavirus pandemic from enjoying even a walk outside
11:35PM ( 1 hour ago )
'Say her name': City to pay $12M to Breonna Taylor's family
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says the city has agreed to a settlement with the family of Breonna Taylor that includes a $12 million payment and police reforms after the Black woman was fatally shot by police who burst into her home at night
10:02PM ( 3 hours ago )