Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday New York City will be closing in-person learning effective Thursday November 19, 2020. It was a painful about face for one of the first U.S. school systems to bring students back to classroom this fall.
Per Blasio and the school chancellor, the nation’s largest school system will halt in-person learning on Thursday. In-person school had resumed September 21 for pre-kinder-gardeners’ and some special education students. Elementary schools opened September 29 while high schools opened on October 1.
The city’s more than 1 million public school students will now be taught entirely online, as most already are. As of the end of October, only about 25% of students had gone to class in school this fall, far fewer than officials had expected.
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