CORONAVIRUS IN NYC: Death toll tops 17K with 279 new fatalities; de Blasio announces 'virtual graduation' celebration

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April 28, 2020 - 10:20 am

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – New York City on Tuesday reported 279 new probable and confirmed COVID-19 fatalities as its death toll topped 17,000. 

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    As of 6 p.m. on Monday, the city had a total of 157,713 positive coronavirus cases, up by 1,613 from Sunday, according to data released Tuesday afternoon. 

    New York City also reported a total of 11,820 confirmed COVID-19 deaths and 5,395 probable deaths, bringing the combined death toll to 17,215.

    Earlier on Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new grading policy for New York City students amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    "Next year is going to have to be the greatest school year in the history of New York City," he said, calling it a mission “to make up for any lost ground but also to overcome the pain they’ve been through."

    Students in kindergarten through fifth grade will receive "Meets standards" or "Needs improvement." Middle school students will receive "Meets standards," "Needs improvement" or "Course in Progress." High school students will use their existing grading system.

    Students have the option after receiving passing letter grade to convert it to a “Pass” rating, leaving their GPA unaffected, de Blasio explained.

    If any student requires more time to show mastery, they will receive “Course in Progress” and enroll in summer-fall support programs.

    Schools have now adapted the current school year curriculum and assessment for remote learning, including term papers, exams, presentations, and students will have until January  2021 to complete any outstanding coursework.

    De Blasio said the city's goal is to help students get back on track and provide flexibility students and families need.

    Students who cannot demonstrate mastery or submit work will be enrolled in summer programming to develop those skills. Intensive summer academic support can include remote learning, he added.

    The mayor also announced that there will be "one big citywide graduation ceremony" for graduating seniors that will include special guests.

    "We’re going to give you something you’ll remember for the rest of your life — something you will cherish," de Blasio said.

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