New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks to the media during a press conference at City Hall on January 3, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)
UPDATED 4:35 PM PT – Sunday, November 29, 2020
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city’s public schools will reopen. This came after an outcry by parents when schools were shuttered.
On Sunday, De Blasio made the announcement in a news briefing. He stated lower grades, like K-5, would reopen on December 7. All schools in New York City were closed on November 19, citing coronavirus concerns.
In addition, de Blasio mentioned schools will move to a five-day-a-week in-person learning schedule wherever feasible. He stressed that he wants kids in the classroom as much as possible. De Blasio added the city will address when middle school and high school students can return in the near future.
“We will have testing that is going to go from monthly in every school to weekly in every school,” the New York City mayor said. “We will have consent forms required for attendance.”
He emphasized: “Students will not be able to attend school unless they have a consent form on record, period.”
De Blasio noted the reversal of the previous decision to close schools was driven by studies, which show younger kids are less likely to receive or transmit coronavirus than adults.