After more than a year, New York City public high school students are able to return to their classrooms.
Across the five boroughs, 488 schools reopened, with half of them open for five days a week of in-person classes.
The return to the classroom is “very exciting,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio at his press conference on Monday. “I’ve heard from parents, the chancellor’s heard from parents, so many parents who want the opportunity to send their kids back. That opportunity has now arrived.”
Schools will reopen with 3 feet of social distancing required, as per the new CDC guidelines.
There will be an opt-in period from March 24-April 7 for elementary school students who had been learning virtually from home and wish to return to in-person learning. As for middle and high school students who may reconsider their remote learning, there is no set time for them to return back to school buildings yet, but the city is preparing for it.