New York schools reopening delayed: key dates to know

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STATEN ISLAND, NY – As summer slowly draws to a close, students in New York City prepare for what is sure to be a school year like no other.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, students will participate in either distance learning, which will allow them to complete all of their homework without ever entering a school building, or learning mixed, which will see students alternate between courses and distance learning.

Students were originally scheduled to return to school buildings for in-person blended learning on Thursday, September 10, although that schedule has since been delayed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to give teachers more time to prepare for the new school year.

The mayor explained that the delay was followed by concerns from unions like the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) and the Council of Supervisors and Administrators (CSA) that teachers and principals did not have enough time to prepare. to health, safety and education challenges for this unprecedented school year.

“What we have agreed is to make sure the health measures are in place, to make sure there is time for the proper preparation of our educators, to make sure we can have the start of the most harmonious school year, even under extraordinary conditions. difficult conditions, ”said de Blasio.

Now that the delayed schedule is in place, here’s a look at the key dates for the reopening of New York’s public schools.

September 8

On Tuesday, September 8, all school staff will return to their buildings, with professional development and any additional training needed until Tuesday, September 15.

Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza said teachers who typically get two days of professional development before the start of the school year will now get nine.

September 16

From Wednesday September 16 to Friday September 18, there will be a three-day distance learning orientation period for all students. It will allow students to reconnect to their school community, learn health and safety procedures, verify technical connectivity and do wellness checks with their teachers and guidance staff.

It will also allow the city’s Department of Education (DOE) to ensure that students are ready to return to school, depending on the learning model chosen.

September 21

The school year will begin on Monday September 21 for all distance and full-time blended learning learners. School buildings will open on September 21 for students who have chosen blended learning, allowing limited in-person instruction in classrooms.

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