De Blasio Announces Plan for Fall Learning, Cuomo is Still Unsure

De Blasio Announces Plan for Fall Learning, Cuomo is Still Unsure

Mayor Bill De Blasio announced on Wednesday morning, during a press conference, that schools will be starting in the fall with ‘blended learning’.

The 2020-2021 school year will consist of a combination of in person and remote learning in order to avoid overcrowding and move forward with social distancing.

De Blasio says kids returning to school is of upmost importance after the city’s safety and educators are spending the next few weeks on maximizing a plan to accommodate both concerns.

Schools do not have enough room for every child to be in the building at once and still maintain a 6 feet distance. They will attend in-school learning two or three days a week, depending on the week, and the rest will be done online.

In a survey done, 75 percent of NYC parents want their kids returning to school in the fall, for people that will choose to have their kids work remotely all week, will have that option.

On Wednesday morning during the rundown, the Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza said he knows “that we cannot maintain proper physical distancing and have 100 percent of our students in school buildings five days a week. Health and safety requires us to have fewer students in the building at the same time. So for the 2020-2021 school year, it will look different.”

He also reiterated the precautions schools will be required to take including social distancing, requiring face masks and supplying hand sanitizers.

Schools are also being required to upgrade HVAC systems in buildings to ensure better ventilation and to have nightly deep cleanings using electrostatic disinfectant sprayers.

Carranza walked through two models, during the briefing, that all schools will be working with to map out the days each student will attend in-class learning.

While de Blasio has announced a plan for reopening schools,

Cuomo says the facts change every day and he is still currently consulting with stakeholders on guidance.

“We will open the schools if it is safe to open the schools,” Cuomo said. "Nobody wants to open schools more than I do.”

The state is expected to finalize guidance on July 13, and the districts have until July 31 to submit plans.

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