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New York City schools will reopen to younger students beginning on December 7, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced

Added 11-29-20 01:14:03pm EST - “New York City schools went entirely remote on November 18 when the city said its positivity rate passed 3%, the previous threshold for school closure.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “New York City schools will reopen to younger students beginning on December 7, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Sunday that New York City Public Schools will begin a return to in-person learning for some students on December 7, less than two weeks after schools went virtual due to a rise in COVID-19 cases in New York.

According to de Blasio, pre-school programs, pre-kindergarten students, and students in kindergarten through fifth grade will return to classrooms on December 7.  On December 10, students in District 75, which educates students who have disabilities, will return to in-person classrooms.

The mayor said Sunday that weekly COVID-19 tests would be administered to students and parents would have to sign a consent form to allow their children to return to school buildings.

"Finally, as we reopen, wherever possible we will move to 5 day a week in-person learning," de Blasio said in a tweet. "We want our kids in the classroom for as much time as possible. Our families do, too. We'll work to make it happen."

Schools in New York City were closed for in-person instruction on November 18 when the COVID-19 positivity rate over a one-week period reached 3%, which is the policy set for school closures, according to the New York City Department of Education. Over the past week, the positivity rate in the state of New York was greater than 3%, according to data analyzed by Johns Hopkins University. 

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