City principals hold protest to call for major changes in school reopening plans

Many principals say they still need more time to make sure that they can reopen safely for in-person learning with as little possibility of someone getting sick.

News 12 Staff

Aug 20, 2020, 9:40 PM

Updated 1,378 days ago

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City principals hold protest to call for major changes in school reopening plans
A group of city principals hosted a protest Thursday to call for changes in school reopening plans.
Many educators are advocating for an entirely remote school year, while some say that they want students back into the classrooms.
However, both camps agree that the Sept. 10 deadline is too early to bring students back into the classroom safely.
In a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, multiple school administrators asked that the in-person learning date be pushed to Sept. 18, with a few extra weeks to finalize a hybrid learning schedule.
Educators say they feel the city is stretching itself too thin with the current proposed hybrid learning model.
As well, they say they have not been given enough time to make required changes, like bringing HVAC systems up to speed.
One educator says their school is scheduled to get inspected Aug. 27, but that would only give them five days to make any necessary fixes before they are supposed to reopen.
There is also doubt there will even be a nurse in every school, some principals saying the mayor's promise on this was untruthful.
All teachers made it clear that the safety of their students is their number one priority.


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