The city of New York is ready to reopen its schools for the beginning of September, with three days in class per week for the students, the rest of the teaching being delivered online, said on Wednesday its mayor, Bill de Blasio.
The decision of the mayor of the capital of the american economy, however, remains to be validated by the governor of the State of New York, Andrew Cuomo.
He said Wednesday that he would not take a decision on the reopening of schools in early August, after the 700 school districts in this State of 20 million people had submitted detailed plans of re-opening for their institutions, and taking into account the evolution of the pandemic, which continues to grow in the United States.
The city of New York, at the epicenter of the epidemic in march-April, had closed its 1800 schools on 16 march, not to reopen until the end of the school year 2019-20, requiring 1.1 million students following a distance learning course.
Since then, the pandemic has declined dramatically, but it is rising in many u.s. States, threatening to return to New York as a boomerang.
According to the plan presented by the mayor, the students will, from September, divided by groups of a size less than that of a normal class, to be able to maintain between them a distance sufficient account of the risk of the spread of the coronavirus.
They will be required to wear a mask, as well as teachers and all school staff. The city will provide masks to those who do not.
According to the formula type, two groups will alternate in the buildings and will each generally two days per week at school, with every 3rd day.
“We know that we can’t maintain social distancing and have 100% of our students in our schools five days a week,” said the head of the department of Education of New York, Richard Carranza. “It’s just geographically and physically impossible. “
Families can also choose to have their children attend the classes only at a distance, ” said Bill de Blasio. “They have every right and we will be ready” for it, he said.
The announcement comes amid pressure from the republican chairman Donald Trump to re-open the schools, as governor Cuomo, a democrat, has sharply criticized.