Reopen NYC: New York to provide update on plan to reopen schools for fall

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NEW YORK CITY (WABC) – New York City submitted a 109-page plan to reopen the state on Friday night, but will the state approve the 1,800 school plan?The plan calls for a mix of in-person and distance learning, with students taking turns in the classrooms when they return in the fall.

He also calls for random temperature checks for students and teachers, a 14-day quarantine for anyone who tests positive.

The plan seemed hugely ambitious as other large school systems have moved away from in-person teaching in recent weeks. Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and Houston, among others, have all announced that they will begin the school year with distance learning students.

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And while Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said all schools can safely hold in-person lessons, some teachers are concerned about poor ventilation. Some buildings do not have HVAC systems and there are concerns that the virus could easily spread in these confined spaces.

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“We’re going to be like hawks when it comes to the numbers and if the positivity rate numbers start to go up and if they hit 3%, we’ll learn from a distance for the whole system.” New York has had real problems with distance learning. They struggled to get all the kids to iPads and the Internet, ”said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Regarding the distance learning aspect of the plan, the city purchased 321,000 iPads equipped with T-mobile data that don’t require Wi-Fi.

At least one council member has asked why the city isn’t buying cheaper, fully-functional laptops instead.

Schools chancellor Richard Carranza is expected to speak about the plan around 10 a.m. on Monday.

More than a million New York public school students had their last day of classroom instruction on March 13, as waves of sick people began to hit city hospitals. All schools in the state were closed on March 18.

The epidemic, while reduced, is not over in New York. About 10,000 New Yorkers tested positive for the virus in July.

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