Mayor announces blended learning model for NYC Public Schools this fall

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday the city’s plan for the upcoming school year amid COVID-19 concerns.<br/><br/><br/><br/>Blasio is holding a news conference on COVID-19 in New York City.

News 12 Staff

Jul 8, 2020, 1:55 PM

Updated 1,416 days ago


Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday the city’s plan for the upcoming school year amid COVID-19 concerns.
He says schools will adapt a blended schedule model that will allow for students to be in schools different days of the week while also allowing students to continue full remote learning if their families chose so.
He says the city’s main concern is health and safety while also maintaining in person learning for the 1.1 million NYC Public School students.
The mayor says his goal is to make this school year the best one yet despite the hardships.
Blended learning will include students learning five days a week, but with a mix of in-person and remote learning. The mayor says most students will be in school two to three days each week.
Health and safety precautions will include face coverings required for students and staff as well as nightly deep cleaning and cleaning throughout the day.
Social distancing will also be implemented. This will mean fewer students in each classroom, and the use of large spaces like cafeterias and auditoriums for classes. Entry ways exits, and hallway layouts will also be updated to reduce contact.
NYC Public Schools is working with SCA and community partners to identify non-DOE spaces to use for learning.
Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza says NYC Public Schools will continue to deliver every student the support they need to excel.
There will be a continued focus on high-quality instruction, integrated with social-emotional learning and trauma-informed care.
In-person services will be offered to students with IEPs who opt to receive them to the greatest extent possible, according to Carranza.
Carranza also says multilingual learners will also receive an instructional program that will ensure continued progress in language development and area knowledge.
He says principals will hold meetings in July to discuss individual school plans. There will also be citywide family and student information sessions, with the first one on Thursday, July 16.
The mayor says 75% of families want to send their children back to school.

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