Mayor Will Allow Public Schools to Open Next Week

New York City’s public elementary schools will return for in-person learning starting Dec. 7, beginning with elementary schools grades kindergarten through fifth grade.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Sunday that New York City’s public elementary schools will return to in-person learning on Dec. 7 — while middle- and high-schools students will have to wait because of COVID-19.

Kids in grades K-5 and in pre-K centers will head back because there “is less concern about spread” of the virus among them, while the demands of all-virtual learning on their parents are greatest, the mayor said.

The schools were closed less than two weeks ago after the citywide rate of coronavirus tests coming back positive exceeded a 3% benchmark agreed to by the mayor and teachers’ union.

Schools will be testing weekly, and consent forms for testing will be required, or children cannot attend school. It still remains unclear when older students will be able to return to their classrooms.

Private Schools and Yeshivas are not under the city’s jurisdiction and were not effected by the recent school closures.

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