New York City public schools have only reported 18 positive cases of coronavirus among staff and students since opening for in-person learning last month, boosting hope that students can return to the school. safe school in the United States during the pandemic.
New York’s school district, the country’s largest with 1.1 million students, began offering in-person learning at the end of September, allowing students to return to school by October 1. , while the majority of the remaining cohort participates in blended in-person and online learning.
The arrangement reduced class sizes and allowed school staff to implement certain social distancing measures, the New York Times reported Monday.
The city’s health department began a regime of randomized testing in the school system last week, with 15,111 employees and students tested to date. Results arrived for 10,676 of those tests, with just 13 staff and five students testing positive for the coronavirus.
“These data are encouraging,” said Paula White, executive director of the Educators for Excellence group of teachers. Time. “It reinforces what we’ve heard that schools aren’t super presenters.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio clashed with the city’s teachers’ unions over the plan to reopen the school. The threat of a teachers’ strike led de Blasio to delay the full reopening of the city’s schools in September. Meanwhile, the city directors union, the Council of Supervisors and School Administrators, passed a motion of censure against de Blasio and the head of the education department Richard Carranza, calling on the state to intervene in the reopening of the district.
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