State of Our Schools: Mayor, schools chancellor tour P.S. 59 in Bed-Stuy

Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza toured a Bed-Stuy school Wednesday to take a look at some of the facilities and how the staff is preparing for an eventual return to in-person classes.

News 12 Staff

Sep 2, 2020, 9:25 PM

Updated 1,353 days ago

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Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza toured a Bed-Stuy school Wednesday to take a look at some of the facilities and how the staff is preparing for an eventual return to in-person classes. 
The mayor looked at some of the cleaning protocols at P.S. 59, the socially distanced classrooms that have been set up, and what he calls layers of health and safety measures. 
This all happened against the backdrop of negotiations between the mayor and teachers union over safety measures and bringing back in-person learning. 
On Tuesday, the mayor announced that the first day of school will be delayed to give educators and school staff more time to prepare for the return of classes. 
De Blasio also discussed his announcement on outdoor learning and how his office has received dozens of applications from schools across the city, including P.S. 59. 
He says the school’s application has been approved.  
Carranza praised the staff and leadership at the school for having a strong sense of community and setting the standard for schools around the city. 
The mayor says that if remote learning is continued indefinitely, the quality of education in schools will suffer. 
"I am certain this school did a remarkable job with remote learning and will continue to when kids are learning remote, but you cannot achieve so much as what happens inside this school building, you cannot achieve the magic as what happens in this place with these extraordinary professionals,” said de Blasio.
 


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