New York City High Schools Reopen After Covid-19 Shutdowns | #coronavirus | #kids. | #children | #schools

New York City public high schools reopened for in-person learning on Monday, and Mayor Bill de Blasio laid out plans to allow fully remote students to return to classrooms this academic year.
About 55,000 high-school students returned to school buildings, a step the city hopes will bring it closer to the long-term goal of reopening schools on a full-time, larger-scale basis in September.
The number of students returning was just under 20% of the city’s 282,000 high-school students. In-person classes are currently only open to students who opted in November for a hybrid curriculum of remote instruction and some in-person learning. Under the high-school reopening plan, about half of the schools will be able to serve “all or most” of their students five days a week. The number of schools offering in-person learning five days a week is expected to increase in the coming weeks.
The returning high-school students have spent much or all of the academic year fully remote. Schools opened in late September and early October, but Mr. de Blasio closed all public schools in mid-November after the city’s Covid-19 positivity rate surpassed 3%. The city had set that threshold for closure in the summer, when cases were low.
City officials later reconsidered the threshold and in December allowed elementary schools to reopen for some in-person learning, but the mayor kept middle- and high-school students remote until the recent reopening announcements. In-person instruction at middle schools resumed on Feb. 25.

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