Remote learning ‘new normal’ for more than 1 million public school students

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A new normal of remote learning has been set in place for the city’s more than 1 million public school students and their teachers during the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Classrooms are now via computers as the new remote policy went into effect on Monday, a week after closures due to the increase of virus cases citywide. 

Approximately 25,000 devices should go home this week, with more on the way. Kids can also access most school resources on their smartphones. 


About 93 regional enrichment centers also opened citywide on Monday to offer instruction to the children of those working on the frontlines of the virus. 

That includes first responders, transit and health care workers. As of Sunday, 4,000 students were enrolled. 

Teacher Jacob Stebel says he was depressed when he was told to develop a virtual learning plan for his high school students at the Cinema School in the Bronx. But now he says he’s optimistic after his first day of classes on Google Meet. Department of Education Chancellor Richard Carranza says that during this transition his best advice is flexibility and patience. 

 “A lot of schools in a lot of different places and we've been very quickly trying to make sure that we can meet the needs of all of our schools no matter where they are,” said Carranza. 

The hope is to have city schools reopen by April 20, although officials say remote learning could last through the rest of the school year.

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