NEW YORK — You have three options but you'll need to choose soon.
Blended learning, remote learning and going back to the classroom, socially distanced, are what parents will have to choose from for their kids. The city wants parents to make a decision by August 7, just nine days from now.
Schools chancellor Richard Carranza went into detail about the options for the 2020-21 school year in a virtual town hall Tuesday night.
Everyone who ventures into a school building will wear masks. PPE has been ordered. Thus far, even pre-K remains in tact for the school year.
Psychotherapist Dr. Annette Nunez specializes in treating children and says just thinking about the upcoming school year brings her patients stress and anxiety, with fear of getting seriously ill from COVID-19 leading to physical pain.
"We see a lot of that, we see a lot of what we call butterflies in the stomach, their stomach feeling not right, queasy," said Dr. Nunez. "A lot of behavioral outburst over simple things."
She is advising parents to create a "new normal" whether you're back in the classroom or remote learning. Designate an area separate from the kitchen or playroom at home, so your child is excited to learn.
"Buying a new desk, buying a new chair, markers, thinking of fun ways of how you can create an inviting place for children to learn," she added.
Chancellor Carranza promises no matter what families choose, they'll feel apart of the school community. Dr. Nunez says to ask the school what services are offered to improve your child's mental health from wearing masks and feeling isolated.
There will be another virtual town hall August 12.