Luis Plaza’s grandchildren are just a few of the New York City Public School students who will choose to attend fully online classes this fall.
“Everyone is waiting for this miracle. Hope everyone is hoping this will happen soon. For us, it is better to continue to protect them. We take care of everyone, ”Plaza said.
Parents must notify the school district by Friday.
A hybrid model is the other option. It will combine both face-to-face and distance learning.
“I want my kids to have so many opportunities to be in person with their peers, with their friends, with their teachers, whom they love and miss,” said mom Amanda Ritchie.
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But parents say they have more questions than answers about safety.
Dr Edith Bracho-Sanchez told CBS2 that the choice of in-person school attendance should depend on exactly where you live.
“Now is the time to learn about the extent of COVID in your community. I think it’s the first step, ”said Brancho-Sanchez, pediatrician at the New York Presbyterian.
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But the hardest hit neighborhoods are also those where parents have the least flexibility and need their children in the classroom.
“Start preparing your child to wear the mask all day, so that they don’t touch everything around,” Brancho-Sanchez said.
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Concerned parents joined Controller Scott Stringer on Thursday in asking the district to consider using the outdoor spaces to increase safety.
This is one of the many proposals politicians are putting forward as an alternative to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan, which parents say does not provide enough reassurance.
“It’s not an easy problem to solve and we recognize it. But all options should be on the table, ”said parent Michael Meade.
Options for the start of the school year in a few weeks.