So far, around 30% of families have said they will start the school year remotely, but that number can change, making it almost impossible to plan class schedules and determine the number of teachers whose schools will need.
My colleague Eliza Shapiro, who covers education, recently wrote that the city’s biggest obstacle is time. Principals only have two working days in September to meet with teachers to make decisions about staffing, and questions about classroom ventilation and how to test students and members. faculty for the coronavirus remain largely unanswered.
“A delayed start to face-to-face classes is starting to sound more like a ‘when’ than an ‘if’,” she says.
Elsewhere, school districts got off to a rough start.
A school district outside of Phoenix has temporarily canceled classes after teachers and staff called in sick to protest in-person schooling.
Near Oklahoma City, an infected student attended school before his 14-day quarantine ended, NBC News reported. Now dozens of students are in quarantine.
In Cherokee County, Georgia, more than 2,000 students and staff have been ordered to quarantine due to a large number of coronavirus cases.
In Los Angeles, home to the nation’s second-largest school system, behind New York City, kids began virtual classes on Monday. The neighborhood also has an ambitious program to test its 700,000 students and 75,000 employees for the virus.