UPDATED 4:35 PM PT – Sunday, November 29, 2020
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city’s public schools will reopen. This came after an outcry by parents when schools were shuttered.
On Sunday, De Blasio made the announcement in a news briefing. He stated lower grades, like K-5, would reopen on December 7. All schools in New York City were closed on November 19, citing coronavirus concerns.
District 75 school buildings will reopen on Thursday, December 10. pic.twitter.com/qLl8lJCDgb
— City of New York (@nycgov) November 29, 2020
In addition, de Blasio mentioned schools will move to a five-day-a-week in-person learning schedule wherever feasible. He stressed that he wants kids in the classroom as much as possible. De Blasio added the city will address when middle school and high school students can return in the near future.
We’re going to continue to be guided by facts and data as we fight back against #COVID19 and reopen our city. Here’s a look at today’s indicators:
• 130 patients admitted to the hospital
• 1,636 new cases
• The infection rate 7-day average is 3.9%
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) November 29, 2020
“We will have testing that is going to go from monthly in every school to weekly in every school,” the New York City mayor said. “We will have consent forms required for attendance.”
He emphasized: “Students will not be able to attend school unless they have a consent form on record, period.”
De Blasio noted the reversal of the previous decision to close schools was driven by studies, which show younger kids are less likely to receive or transmit coronavirus than adults.