Saturday, November 27, 2021

NYC public schools reopen classes for 1 million students after 18 months of closure

New York City on Monday opened its classroom doors to nearly one million students, many of whom are returning for the first time since March 2020, when the CCP (Communist Party of China) virus pandemic forced the closure of the nation’s largest public school system. inspired to do.

About 40 percent of New York City public school students went back to their classes this spring, when city officials allowed families to choose between remote or in-person learning. In a change of course, however, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in May that the distance option would no longer be available this fall, and all students would attend the school in person, with some exemptions for those with certain medical conditions. .

“Our kids need to be in school and it’s unbelievable that some kids haven’t been inside the classroom for a year and a half,” de Blasio said at a press conference last week. “The healthiest, best place for kids to live is school. And we have really excellent health and safety measures in place to ensure a positive and safe school year for our children. “

Those health safety measures include an indoor and outdoor mask requirement, a 3-foot physical distancing rule, and two air purifiers in each classroom. Any visitor 12 years of age and older, including parents, is also required to show proof that they have received at least one dose of the vaccine against the CCP virus, which is COVID-19, before entering school buildings. Caused -19.

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Vaccinations are also required for all adults working in schools. According to the city’s Department of Education, about 148,000 public school teachers, staff members and contractors must receive at least the first dose of the CCP virus vaccine by September 27.

As for the students, de Blasio said there are no plans for a vaccine mandate for them, as the city’s current priority is to ensure that as many students as possible can physically return to classes.

“We don’t think it’s the right thing to do,” the mayor told the press if his city would follow Los Angeles’ lead. The board of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s second largest public school system, voted last week to require students ages 12 and older to be fully vaccinated by December 19.

“The most important thing right now is to get the kids back in school,” he continued. If there’s a family that isn’t ready yet, I don’t want that family to be out of school.”

However, de Blasio said a vaccine mandate for eligible students is a possibility.

“We can put any choice on the table, but right now, no, we want every child in school and we want to reach them the way we’re reaching them,” he said.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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