New York City students who are sick, in quarantine, or choose to stay home due to safety concerns can participate in remote learning without being marked as absent.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams said he still believes the safest place for children to be is in school. But he is now considering a remote option because of the reality of high absenteeism.
The Department of Education did not provide attendance rates for teachers but said student attendance was about 76% on Monday. Some students, parents, and teachers are frustrated that the city won't shift to remote learning.
As confirmed cases rise rapidly, Gov. Kathy Hochul is requiring all hospitals to submit clearer COVID data to distinguish between who is being treated for COVID and who is testing positive while at the hospital for another reason.
Appearing on morning news shows after bicycling to work, Adams said his message to parents is to “fear not” and that statistics show the safest place for children is inside a school.
2 million at-home test kits provided by the state will be used to increase testing following the break, while students whose classmates test positive can keep coming to school as long as their at-home tests are negative and they don’t have symptoms.
Adams' plan includes continuing the city's vaccine mandates, along with increasing testing for students and educators to make sure the city's schools can reopen on January 3.
Officials are urging the city to create a plan for all students and staff to take rapid tests the weekend before school resumes.
New CDC guidelines say unvaccinated students exposed to COVID-19 can ‘test and stay.' United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew says he doesn't like the new policy. It's "not helpful," he says.
On Monday afternoon, two teens were attacked near Susan Wagner High School on Staten Island. A day later, shots were fired near the school. Parents want to know what is being done about the violence.
Police arrested a 17-year-old boy who was carrying a loaded handgun at his high school in Brooklyn this week. Police are looking into why the teen had more than $30,000 on him.
The Democrat who will likely become New York City’s next mayor says he does not intend to get rid of the city’s program for gifted and talented students.
The New York City Department of Education is also overhauling its teaching of black history in city public schools for students K-12 in all 5 boroughs.
A federal judge rejected a request to temporarily block New York City's vaccine mandate for Education Department employees because she couldn't "ignore the harm" if schoolchildren were exposed to COVID if she gave temporary relief from a mandate meant to protect them.
New York City school teachers and state healthcare workers who didn't get the coronavirus vaccine are now out of a job. They're frustrated that they lost their employment. But the CDC and state and local officials are clear about the need to fight the pandemic.
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has denied a request by a group of New York City teachers to block the city's vaccine mandate for Department of Education staff.
In their request, the plaintiffs assert that the Executive Order requiring vaccination threatens the education of thousands of children.
A three-judge panel ruled against a temporary injunction that blocked the COVID vaccine mandate from taking effect at New York City schools and in New York state healthcare settings.
Several unions have sued New York City to stop its vaccine mandate for teachers and other workers in schools, saying that it violates workers' rights. But a state judge has lifted a restraining order for now.
It was a day meant to celebrate so many milestones for kids across the city: the end of summer and the return to school. It's also a time to highlight the strength and resiliency that young students have shown this whole pandemic.