2020-2021 academic year: it’s the first day of school in New York

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STATEN ISLAND, NY – Monday marks the first day of school for New York public school students, as some return to campus while others learn remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) .

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week that the city will begin the process of returning students to school buildings in stages, starting Monday, with the school year kicking off for in-person learners and at distance.

“The plan is the right plan, but we have to make sure it’s implemented correctly, that it’s exactly the right one. And that’s what parents would want from us, ”the mayor said at Thursday’s press conference during the announcement.

The phases for students enrolled in the City’s blended learning model are as follows: 3-K, Pre-K and District 75 students will show up in person starting Monday, September 21; Kindergarten to Grade 8 students will begin their report on Friday, September 25; and middle and high school students will start coming back on Thursday, October 1.

As part of the Blended Learning Plan, put in place to reduce the number of students in school at any one time, students will return to their class one to three days a week, practically learning the rest of the time. Students also have the option of full-time distance learning.

Students attended three days of a distance learning orientation period last week – Wednesday through Friday – to allow them to reconnect to their school community, learn health and safety procedures, check out technical connectivity and to do well-being checks with their teachers and staff councils.

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Schools in New York City closed last March in a bid to stem the coronavirus outbreak, and children completed the school year through a distance learning model.

This school year, if new coronavirus cases exceed the 3% threshold using a seven-day moving average, all school buildings in New York will have to close again.

The city’s Department of Education recently released the 2020-2021 School Calendar for Families in New York City Public Schools.

The 2020-2021 calendar includes around twenty days off between the first day of school, Monday September 21, and the last day of class on Friday, June 25, 2021.

The country’s largest school district is reopening school buildings amid the current health crisis as various concerns from parents and educators persist, including the possibility of a teacher shortage and the ability to move the curriculum forward.

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