De Blasio looking into 'any and all options' for opening schools in Sept.

Kimberly Dole
May 12, 2020 - 12:12 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a briefing on Tuesday that the city is looking into "any and all options," when it comes to the opening schools for the start of the new school year.

Although September is still months away, "a lot needs to happen," he said. "We're talking about most of four months before school opens, there's lots of time to see what happens with the disease."

Staggered school days, staggered school hours, partial distance learning, and distance learning are among the options to be weighed out by the mayor. "Staggered hours or a hybrid approach," are being considered, de Blasio said.

The mayor says that "plan A," is "everyone goes to school in early September as usual, we're up and running at full strength."

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"We know that there will be a new level of work required from us, from making sure our buildings are safe, to rethinking our health protocols, to addressing learning loss, providing heightened social and emotional supports, and trauma-informed supports that are necessary," NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza said.

Both the mayor and the chancellor could not give a timeline for when a decision would be made.

But Carranza noted that schools "will not reopen a day before public health officials say it's safe."

De Blasio said he will be working with educators and unions about bringing schools back but its "health and safety first."