De Blasio raises possibility of remote learning in September
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday raised the possibility of remote learning continuing into the fall instead of reopening the city’s public schools from their coronavirus-induced closures.
“Plan A is, unquestionably, open the schools as normal because that’s what’s in the interest of our kids and our families,” de Blasio said during his daily coronavirus press briefing.
However, Hizzoner said, “For any reason we’re not confident of that then there’s a plan B, a plan C, a plan D.”
De Blasio noted there can be scenarios in which there are “staggered” school schedules or simply a continuation of virtual learning come the start of the upcoming school year in September.
“We can do all sorts of things from alternating days to staggered schedules,” de Blasio said. “You can just stick with the pure online learning, which is nowhere near what we’d like it to be ideally, but still has been a very admirable effort in reaching so many kids.”
“But it’s May for God’s sakes,” de Blasio said as he explained that the city has some time to figure out its school situation. “This is a decision on something that’s less than four months away…and we will make the decision at the right time.”
The mayor added, “We have to make sure kids are safe, family members are safe, educators are safe, staff are safe.”
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