Students who opted back in for in-person learning return to city schools
Around 51,000 students returned to classrooms
across the city Monday.
For some students, this was their first time
learning in-person in several months. Others have been learning remotely for
over a year.
Principal of P.S. 59 Dr. Cherry-ann Joseph-Hislop
says she hasn’t seen some of the students since March 2020.
“The kids are excited to see friends, teachers,”
Hislop says. “It is an exciting feeling in the building today, having more kids
A spokesperson for the Department of Education
says out of the 51,000 students who opted back in; 26,500 are in grades 3K-5,
10,000 are in middle school, 13,000 are in high school and 1,500 are in District
A spokesperson for the DOE tells News 12 they are
actively in contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the
Department of Health and are ensuring all students maintain social distance and
are wearing face coverings.
Students used hand sanitizer to keep clean, wore
face coverings and gave elbow bumps as a safe greeting.
Hislop also hired a new school clinician to help
Dr. Olga Diaz-Pallis says it can be tough for
children to adjust, but with the right support, they can transition easier.
Around 327,000 children in grades 3K through 12
are still involved in blending learning, so they alternate from in-person to
Schools Chancellor Meisha Ross Porter says the
city’s reopening plan is the gold standard for districts all across the