Friday marks deadline for parents to decide their children's learning options for fall

Friday marks the final day for parents and caregivers around the five boroughs to make a decision when it comes to their children's education this upcoming school year.

News 12 Staff

Aug 7, 2020, 1:49 PM

Updated 1,390 days ago

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Friday marks the final day for parents and caregivers around the five boroughs to make a decision when it comes to their children's education this upcoming school year.
The New York City Department of Education is asking parents whether they want their kids do blended learning, with some time in the classroom, or full remote learning.
"There is no wrong answer. We know this is an uncertain time for everyone and families have to do what in best interest for their families," says the department's Adrienne Austin.
"For parents who are opting into remote only, we are asking for them to have a degree of certainty, because that is going to be critical to principals being able to plan and social distance, plan for social distancing in the fall," Austin adds.
For parents who opt for remote learning now, there will be opportunities as the fall begins to opt back in to classroom time, but those dates have not yet been announced.
"I know there are lots of parents who are just not certain yet, and there are thinking, 'Well, maybe in-person,' but they need more information. There will be opportunities down the line they can continue to hold out and they can make a decision to go remote only at any time thereafter," Austin says.
The survey is also designed to help principals prepare for the new school year.
Meantime, Parent Shauna McJunkin says she's opting for her son to learn remotely, with his son having asthma being one of her reasons behind her decision.
"I feel that in my heart, parents are our children's first teacher, so I am just doing what I am supposed to do," McJunkin says. "We uplift each other, we empower each other. We can make it through this."
For more information about the New York City Department of Education Learning Preference, follow this link.


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