New York City’s public elementary schools will return to partial in-person learning Dec. 7 — while middle- and high-schools students will have to wait because of COVID-19, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday.
Kids in grades K-5 and in pre-K centers will head back because there “is less concern about spread” of the virus among them, while the demands of all-virtual learning on their parents are greatest, the mayor said.
He said it is unclear when the older students will return to hybrid learning. Right now, everyone is all online.
The city’s public schools opened to a mix of online and in-class learning in October, only for their buildings to be shut down, leaving the kids with virtual-only instruction, Nov. 19 after a local spike in COVID-19.
Last week, the mayor took it on the chin for acknowledging he closed down the schools without any reopening plan in place.
“The better situation would have been, clearly, to have that plan all worked through in advance,” de Blasio admitted to reporters at the time.