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New York City Schools Will Reopen With New COVID-19 Testing Protocol

Added 11-29-20 09:07:01pm EST - “On Sunday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the nation's largest school district will begin a phased reopening on Dec. 7.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “New York City Schools Will Reopen With New COVID-19 Testing Protocol”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday that the city will no longer use its previous threshold for closing schools. Andrew Burton/Getty Images hide caption

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday that the city will no longer use its previous threshold for closing schools.

Just 10 days after closing New York City's schools because of rising coronavirus cases, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Sunday that the nation's largest school district will begin a phased reopening next week.

On Dec. 7, buildings will reopen for elementary school students and on Dec. 10, District 75, which serves students with disabilities, will reopen.

Students can only return if they have already signed up for in-person learning. About 190,000 elementary students and their parents must sign a consent form. In total, about 335,000 students out of the 1.1 million in the city have chosen in-person classes. While de Blasio has not announced a timeline for reopening middle or high schools, any school with enough space will eventually move toward in-person classes five days a week, instead of hybrid online and in-person classes.

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