Mayor Bill de Blasio is facing a major test: Will children return to public schools over the next few weeks?
Eliza ShapiroHere's where we are in the NYC school reopening saga - just a quarter of city kids have actually returned to classrooms. The mayor initially believed that number would be closer to 75%.
City is facing a huge test: will kids opt back in next month?
Some teachers say many students aren’t showing up for classes.
Eliza ShapiroEssential point here - the school reopening debate in NYC was focused almost exclusively on safety. Schools are now open with extremely low virus transmission. But we don't have a sense of how much kids are actually learning.
Advocates and shelter residents say the plan to improve cellular data still isn’t working in at least four shelters that are service dead zones — and argue installing WiFi is the only long-term solution.
Eliza ShapiroIt is just astonishing that many homeless shelters in NYC still don't have WiFi - making it even harder for kids to learn remotely, for their parents to apply for jobs and permanent housing. Insanity.
The absence of outbreaks, if it holds, suggests that the city’s efforts to return children to classrooms could serve as an influential model for the nation.
Eliza ShapiroIt's far too early to call school reopening a success in NYC, and getting enough parents to allow their kids to get tested could be a big problem, but - this is still encouraging news, via @danarubinstein and @jdavidgoodman
It’s a significant moment for the recovery in a city hit hard by the pandemic in the spring. The system, the nation’s largest, is welcoming back 500,000 students.
Eliza ShapiroDespite nearly half of students opting out of in-person classes for now, there are more kids back in NYC schools today than there are students in *any* public school district in America, except for LA.
Discipline disparities between Black and white boys have driven reform efforts for years. But Black girls are arguably the most at-risk student group in the United States.
Eliza Shapiro@EricaLG has made her mission to get children who are too often ignored on the front page of the NYT. She keeps doing just that. She is a force of nature and one of the very finest journalists anywhere. Always read everything she writes.
About 300,000 children returned to classrooms for the first time since March as the city’s test positivity rate edged upward.
Eliza ShapiroThe first day of elementary school just ended, and we're now back to talking about school closures.
The city's teachers union just said that NYC should close ~80 public schools in areas where the virus is surging if the numbers don't go down.
The desire to protect children may put their long-term well-being at stake.
Eliza ShapiroI was crying by the 4th graf. Thank you, @AlecMacGillis, for actually writing about what kids are going through. Whatever you think about reopening, we all have to confront the truth that so many children are not okay. Somehow, that has gotten lost.
The model seems like a promising way to provide socially distanced instruction in classrooms. But will it actually work?
Eliza ShapiroDe Blasio declined again this morning to say how many more teachers the city needs to fully staff schools before they open in a few days. City may have to hire 1000s of people by next week.
Eliza ShapiroThe best thing I've read about New York during this whole dumb thing: "He misses...'that feeling you get at 4 a.m. on a Friday night in the Second Ave station when you’re waiting for the train and the garbage train comes instead.'"
Officials see a worrisome indicator in several parts of Brooklyn and Queens after a couple of months of declining or flat transmission.
Eliza ShapiroIf these numbers in Hasidic neighborhoods keep surging, the city could reach a 3 percent average positivity rate relatively quickly, which would shut down the entire public school system.
Up to 90,000 children in pre-K and students with advanced disabilities can go back to in-person school on Monday.
Eliza ShapiroNYC students go back to school today - mostly online - following 6 months of shuttered school buildings and many weeks of tumult over school reopening.
Unlike most other big districts in America, some NYC kids are back in classrooms as of this AM.
Eliza ShapiroA few hours into the first day of school, we're seeing a lot of Zoom issues and some confusion at schools: Balayet Hossain and his 2 daughters, in K and 1st grade, showed up to school in BK bc they thought it was the first day. They had to go back home.
Mayor Bill de Blasio delayed the start of school for a second time, leading to an uproar among parents.
Eliza ShapiroYes, the mayor did not listen to warnings from principals and teachers about the school staffing crisis that led to yesterday's delay.
But he also brushed aside worries from his own staff, scrambling to make reopening work, about the exact same issues.
Mayor Bill de Blasio canceled the start of in-person classes for the country’s largest school system just three days before they were set to begin, sowing even more confusing among parents and educators.
Eliza ShapiroDozens of principals proposed almost the exact plan that the mayor laid out yesterday -- in early August. How it all went sideways
Eliza ShapiroFor many parents and educators in New York City, this is the right plan, announced at the absolute worst time.
Eliza ShapiroEmail from a city principal just now: “I am so sorry to have to report a last minute change in the school schedule. This was actually announced on Twitter before principals were informed, so you may already be aware of this change.”
Eliza ShapiroHere's our full story on today's huge NYC schools news. I've been on this beat since 2012 and never seen parents and educators so furious.
“A punch in the gut.”
“It’s such a slap in the face."
"Get it together."
So far, nearly 40 percent of families have opted to have their children learn fully remotely when public schools reopen on Sept. 21.
Eliza ShapiroGetting quite close to an even 50/50 split between parents who choose in-person classes in NYC and those who are opting out. As of Friday, 42 percent of the city's 1.1 million students will learn at home through at least November.
Months of remote learning have taken a harsh toll on New York City’s roughly 114,000 homeless students and their families.
Eliza ShapiroHomeless families have been trying for months to get their kids logged on for remote classes. Seven months into the pandemic, and 3 weeks into the school year, many kids still can't participate.
Eliza Shapiro"We're kind of overlooked."
After a largely failed experiment in remote learning, NYC's 114,000 homeless children are still struggling to get what they need from online and in-person school, with the first day of classes just a week out.
Eliza ShapiroThinking right now of these families, absolutely desperate for clarity on schools, who were rearranging their schedules as housekeepers and community college students according to the days they *thought* their children would be in school.