NYC Schools Likely to Hold In-Person Classes 2 to 3 Days a Week

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said he anticipates a “blended” learning program for the city’s 1.1 million students when the nation’s largest public school system reopens, with kids in class two to three days a week.

Schools will offer different models depending on the space available, and parents may choose all-remote learning at any time, city Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza said. There will be no more than 12 students in each room, and more use of large spaces for classes such as gymnasiums, he said Wednesday at a news conference.

“We’re going to move forward according to the data, according to the science,” de Blasio said. “Things may change along the way.”

All of New York’s school districts are required to present a plan to the state for reopening, though Governor Andrew Cuomo has said no decision has been made on timing. De Blasio has said he anticipates reopening in September.

State regulations will require students to remain six feet apart, de Blasio said. Schools will be disinfected, air conditioning and heating systems will be revamped, and face coverings will be mandatory for all staff and students, the chancellor said. Masks will be provided to any students or staffers who need them.

Those who choose to return to in-building schooling after opting out may do so on a quarterly basis, Carranza said.

The city also is searching for more space in buildings not owned by the Department of Education. As more students are spread out, the school system is “taking a holistic look” at everyone who holds a teaching credential to maximize the use of personnel, Carranza said.

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