Mayor de Blasio: 51,000 students opting for in-person learning can return to school April 26
A total of 51,000 students have opted
back in for in-person learning and can head back into New York City schools
starting April 26, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The final day to opt in for in-person
learning was Friday. It allowed families who chose all remote learning to
transition their children into blended learning.
The 51,000 includes 26,500 students
in 3K through fifth grade, 10,000 middle school students, 13,000 high school
students and 1,500 District 75 students.
De Blasio and New York City School
Chancellor Meisha Porter say the children already in school will remain in the
same program as they were.
Hundreds of thousands of students
have decided to return to school, but the mayor says that will change by the
“By the beginning of September,
you’re going to see such widespread vaccination in the city, and I really
believe you’re going to see a really low level of cases at citywide, and I
think it’s going to be an entirely different environment,” the mayor says.
“We’re going to continue so many of the measures that have worked in our
schools. I think the vast majority of parents are going to want their children
back in school five days a week and that’s what we’re planning on.”
Those in first grade and higher who
are returning to school must submit a consent for in-school coronavirus
The Department of Education says
mandatory in-school testing will happen weekly, and the students and staff will
be chosen at random.