NYC Council holds virtual hearing to further push back school reopening date

Members of the New York City Council held a virtual hearing Thursday to discuss a resolution that would further push back the reopening of all New York City public schools.

News 12 Staff

Sep 3, 2020, 4:30 PM

Updated 1,353 days ago

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Members of the New York City Council held a virtual hearing Thursday to discuss a resolution that would further push back the reopening of all New York City public schools.
The mayor and the United Federation of Teachers agreed to delay in-class instruction until Sept. 21.
This would allow for extra planning time and safety measures to be put in place. However, some council members say the 11-day delay doesn't go far enough to address safety concerns, COVID-19 testing in schools and the lack of resources and funding.
Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and some councilmembers are calling for in-class instruction to restart sometime after October and continue remote learning until all safety protocols are met.
Items on the UFT checklist include an adequate supply of PPE and proper ventilation systems.
"There is no reason why we should be working on an arbitrary date to reopen in person. The mayor is making it seem that people just don't understand how important it is. We all understand that is the optimum and what we want for everyone, but the risk is not worth it at this moment in time," says Public Advocate Jumaane Williams.
UFT says some students still do not have laptops for remote learning, which is scheduled to begin Sept. 16.
The parents and teachers were also able to chime in on the virtual hearing during public testimony.
Many on the council blasted the de Blasio administration for not attending the hearing.


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