NYC, LA Public Schools to Hold In-Person Classes This Fall
New York students will not have distance learning options, but Los Angeles students will be able to attend remote classes if they wish.
New York and Los Angeles – The two largest public school districts in the nation announced their plans this week for the resumption of in-person K-12 classes for Fall 2021.
Classes at New York City schools will all be in-person for the start of the 2021-2022 academic year, with no distance learning options, reports ABC7. Mayor Bill de Blasio told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that “We can’t have a full recovery without full-strength schools, everyone back, sitting in those classrooms, kids learning again.”
These are the health and safety measures that will be followed:
- Masks will continue to be a requirement in all of our school buildings
- Individuals with COVID-19 symptoms will continue to be required to stay at home
- Students, teachers and staff will continue to complete the daily health screener at home
- Every school building will continue to have a nurse
- Every classroom will have working ventilation systems
- On-site COVID-19 testing will continue in school buildings as recommended by the latest health guidance
- The Situation Room will continue to support schools with next steps if there are positive cases
Meanwhile on the West Coast, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is taking a slightly different approach. This fall, classrooms will be fully open for in-person classes, five days per week. However, students who can’t or don’t want to attend face-to-face classes can opt for remote learning, reports NBC Los Angeles.
LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner expects most students, teachers and staff members will be back, in-person on campus in August. LAUSD campuses closed in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and have been slowly reopening this spring on a limited or hybrid basis.
On Monday, the district also launched a school-based vaccination program for children ages 12 and up. Mobile vaccination teams will visit each school on a predetermined schedule over the next two weeks to administer doses of the vaccine to students.