NYC Schools Will Only Open PART-TIME In the Fall

( Mayor Bill de Blasio is perhaps one of the least popular mayors in America right now. He’s only elected because cities are naturally more Democrat than Republican these days, but his policies and the actions he takes are frequently criticized.

On top of rising crime, de Blasio is now facing the problem of schools not reopening quickly enough. De Blasio announced this week that schools will be reopening in September, but that it will only be part-time. And that part-time nature of school attendance, he said, will go on into next year.

Through the next academic year, schools are only expected to be open between one and two days per week.

How are families meant to cope with that?

The continued spread of the coronavirus is the reason why schools won’t be fully reopening, and on Wednesday, de Blasio announced the news as if it was positive.

“Everyone is looking to the public school system to indicate the bigger direction of New York City,” he said.

While New York City officials continue doing the bare minimum, experts all over the country are warning that keeping children out of school for such long periods of time is going to have a lasting impact on their education. The American Association for the Advancement of Science recently said that continued school closures risk “scarring the life chances of a generation of young people.”

An open letter published by the group this month, which was signed by over 1500 professionals explained how virtual education simply isn’t sufficient, and that lower-income children are struggling the most.

The New York Times reports that de Blasio’s plan will affect all 1,800 schools across the city and that it will mean no more than one dozen people will be in attendance in one class at a time…including aides and teachers. It means some children will be allowed to go back to the classroom and others forced to stay at home.

School principals will spend the rest of July deciding how the system will work, including a system that may involve staggered schedules. That means all students may get a chance to go to school but at different times.

It’s funny that de Blasio is so focused on keeping children out of schools when scientists acknowledged right at the beginning of this outbreak that children are at the lowest risk of dying from this virus.