Approximately 55,000 high school students will return to in-person learning on March 22nd, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced during his press conference on Monday.
“Our schools are the safest place to be,” said schools Chancellor Meisha Ross Porter, noting the positivity rate in schools was a mere .57%.
448 buildings will be opened for classes, the New York Post reported, with 17,000 teachers and staff members returning with the students.
High schools sports will be reopening as well with safety protocols, with the season extended into August.
The return to high school is part of the city’s gradual reopening system. Elementary school and special education students had the option of returning to in-person learning in November, and middle school students were welcomed back in February.
Masks will be required, as will randomized weekly coronavirus tests.
As for the 2021-2022 school year, the city anticipates full in-person learning.
“I want this to be loud and clear-we are bringing our schools back fully in September. Period,” said de Blasio. “Everything is working, all system’s go, to bring our schools back 100% in September.”
Updated Monday, March 8, 2021 at 10:17 am .