Students return to New York City high schools for 1st time since November
High school students returned to New York City classrooms today for the first time since mid-November.
All public schools will have 20% of students and staff randomly tested on a weekly basis.
They are required to provide consent for testing by their first day of in-person learning.
Those who opted in for blended learning should expect to be contacted by their school to determine whether they want to attend classes inside the building or continue learning remote. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday that a new opt-in period for all students will be from March 24 through April 7.
Schools Chancellor Meisha Ross Porter says because of updates to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, they will allow for students to be three feet apart starting with elementary school students.
All students will have to wear face coverings.
Ross Porter says the average coronavirus positivity rate in schools has been .5%, making it a safe place for students.
Prom has once again been canceled for seniors this year. The Department of Education says it is not yet safe for eating, dancing and gathering in a big crowd.