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NYC outlines summer school remote learning for nearly 178K students

Posted at 11:07 AM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 17:45:10-04

NEW YORK CITY — New York City will continue with remote learning for summer school amid the coronavirus pandemic, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday.

As the academic year winds down, teachers are evaluating students to determine whether they need to continue with summer learning.

About 177,700 students are expected to be enrolled in remote summer learning, the mayor said.

The last day of the traditional school year is June 26.

Summer school for students with disabilities who are on a 12-month learning plan will run from July 1 through Aug. 13. Students in grades three through eight will attend remote learning classes between July 13 and Aug. 18. Students in grades nine through 12 will attend summer school from July 13 to Aug. 21.

De Blasio said remote learning programs will look different depending on the grade level and the age of the students.

“It will take creativity and innovation along the way,” he added.

Elementary and middle school students who need continued education will attend online classes four days a week for six weeks. Math and English will be covered daily through live or pre-recorded instructions in small groups.

High school students enrolled in summer learning can expect to attend classes five days a week for six weeks, with up to five hours of daily instruction. Students will only receive instruction in subjects they did not pass, de Blasio said.

For students enrolled in the 12-month education program, they will engage in online classes five days a week for six weeks, with 5 1/2 hours of instruction and related learning services daily.

Enrichment activities such as virtual field trips and community building exercises will be provided for all students. Guidance counselors or social workers will also conduct one-on-one check-ins.

To bridge the so-called digital divide, the Department of Education has shipped 289,000 internet-enabled tablets to students in need. The DOE is working to fill an additional 8,000 requests.

The city is also working with private companies, libraries and museums to offer new digital resources such as virtual clubs during summer school.