Questions Mount About NYC's Preparedness To Welcome Students Back To School

Mayor Bill de Blasio
Photo credit Credit: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office
By WCBS Newsradio 880
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — As New York City prepares to welcome students back to school in just a few weeks, some are wondering how the city can host upwards of 700,000 students for in-person learning.

On Monday, it was revealed that over 700,000 New York City public schools students had selected a blended learning model that would allow them to attend in-person classes on some days and continue remote learning on the other days.

Just 26% of the student body, of about 400,000, have opted out of in-person learning and will begin the year in full remote learning.

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday was then questioned by a reporter who said those who selected remote learning vastly outnumbered those opting for blended and implied that the mayor's office was making unwarranted assumptions.

“I think that is absolutely the wrong way to think about it and I'm saying this not just as mayor, but as someone who was a public school parent for many years,” he said.

De Blasio made it clear that parents who did not opt out of blended learning were well aware that they were in effect signing up for blended learning.

“If you are offered an opportunity to opt out, parents get the word in so many ways. I assure you, this is the most important thing in their lives, their kids. If you are going to offer the opportunity to opt out and they don't take it that's a conscious act,” he said.

The mayor stressed that about three quarters of New York City parents want their kids back in school.

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