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New York plans to partially reopen schools in September

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New York City plans to partially reopen its public schools when the new school year begins in September, the mayor announced on Wednesday. According to the mayor, Bill de Blasio, the plan aims to reduce the number of students per […]

New York City plans to partially reopen its public schools when the new school year begins in September, the mayor announced on Wednesday.

According to the mayor, Bill de Blasio, the plan aims to reduce the number of students per class in the city’s 1,800 schools, with more than 1.1 million children.

“Most schools will not be able to have all children at the same time,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters. “A typical week will be two or three days in the classroom,” he added.

There will be a maximum of three days of face-to-face classes to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Families will be able to opt for 100% virtual education, he said. Public schools in New York City, which has been the national epicenter of the pandemic for months and recorded more than 21,000 deaths, closed on March 16. Classes until June were offered virtually.

In September, children are expected to go to school wearing a mask. Some classes will take place in larger spaces, such as cafeterias, sports courts or auditoriums, said the mayor.

But the last word is from Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has authority over the 700 school districts in this state of 20 million, who indicated on Wednesday that the decision will be taken in the first week of August.

Still, as in New York City, many school districts across the country plan not to reopen fully and will instead use a mix of face-to-face and remote learning indefinitely.

In neighboring Massachusetts, officials have announced that schools where children are at least three feet away will be able to reopen completely in September.

Primary, secondary and university schools across the country discuss how to balance the need for a reopening with concerns about the spread of covid-19. President Donald Trump is pushing for the full reopening of schools and universities across the country.

With information from AFP.