New York mayor says all public schools will fully reopen in September

Topics New York City | Schools

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said all public schools will fully reopen in September with in-person classes only.

"One million kids will be back in their classrooms in September, all in person, no remote," Xinhua news agency quoted de Blasio as saying during a TV program on Monday.

"We can't live in the grip of Covid for the rest of our lives. There's four months between now and September.

"We're going to keep showing the data, we're going to keep showing people the health and safety measures, we're going to invite people to come in," the Mayor added.

De Blasio had previously signaled that a remote option might be available, but on Monday he said that rapid drops in Covid-19 levels as vaccinations increased changed his opinion.

"It's May, the data has been unbelievably clear, vaccination has worked ahead of schedule," he said.

"It's a whole new day. It's just a whole new reality and we're ready."

Public schools in New York City were closed in March 2020 amid the outbreak of Covid-19 and partially reopened in October with the option of online learning.

In a statement issued on Monday, the city's Department of Education said: "Our commitment to the health and safety of our staff, students, and families remains our top priority.

"As we work towards reopening, we will continue to monitor and make necessary changes based on the evolving health guidance from experts."

Daily new cases, hospitalisations and deaths in New York City have fallen sharply since the second wave of the pandemic which peaked in January this year.

Till date, 63.5 per cent of New Yorkers aged 18 and older have received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine, and 54.7 per cent have been fully inoculated, according to the state government.

The state of New York, which was once the epicentre of the pandemic in the US, has so far reported a total of 2,147,069 confirmed coronavirus cases, 53,456 deaths and 1,668,783 recoveries.

--IANS

ksk/


(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


Dear Reader,


Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.

We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

Business Standard is now on Telegram.
For insightful reports and views on business, markets, politics and other issues, subscribe to our official Telegram channel