West Side Rag “The city will delay the opening of the public school as school staff and others ask questions about the timeline


Posted on Sep 1st, 2020 at 11:21 am by West Sider

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New York City will postpone the opening of public schools for classroom teaching until September 21, Mayor de Blasio said on Tuesday.

Distance learning begins on September 16.

“It is still expected that the school staff will report to the schools on September 8,” said Chancellor Carranza. “From September 16, teachers will work remotely with all students for a transition and orientation phase.”

On the Upper West Side, employees of several schools had raised concerns about the opening on September 10, which was expected to be the start date. Those schools include PS 199, 334, 87, Frederick Douglass Academy II, 180 and 333, according to a teacher from PS 87.

Some fear that enlargement is still not enough.

“I am deeply concerned that eleven days will not be nearly enough to complete the monumental task outside the city and that the administration will fall victim to the same logistical errors and fallacies as before, only with a new appointment,” said Public Attorney Jumaane Williams in a statement.

Correction: This post originally stated that distance learning was expected to begin on September 21 as well.

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