In-person learning starts for pre-K, students with special needs in NYC

In-person learning continues for thousands of public school students from the youngest, those in pre-K, to students with special needs.

News 12 Staff

Sep 21, 2020, 12:02 PM

Updated 1,335 days ago

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In-person learning continues for thousands of public school students from the youngest, those in pre-K, to students with special needs.
In just hours, some students will once again be walking the halls and entering classrooms for the first time in about six months.
However, the road to reopening schools has had quite a few bumps along the way.
P.S. 8-11X in the Bronx, a District 75 school, was one of the first schools this semester with confirmed COVID-19 cases. Two cases were found in separate classrooms within a week. According to the Department of Education, the school was deep cleaned and reopened on Monday, Sept. 14, but again there were no students only teachers and faculty in the building at that time.
The Department of Health and the Test and Trace Corps were sent to investigate. The teacher’s union says at least 56 schools have staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. The DOE says it is making sure those individuals who tested positive are being isolated, and as of October, random mandatory monthly testing will be required as another effort to keep transmission low as students start entering the classroom.
As of now, in-person learning has been pushed back for different grade levels. Kindergarten through eighth grade starts next week and others, including high school, begin in October.


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