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NYC schools chancellor outlines plans for reopening in letter to educators

Posted at 6:44 PM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 11:42:06-04

NEW YORK — Students learned from home for months and their experience when they return to schools will likely be different than it was when they left their classrooms.

New York City schools Chancellor Richard Carranza outlined plans for reopening in a Tuesday letter to education leaders. There could be phased start dates, split schedules and a mix of in-person and remote instruction.

“Since we cannot yet predict what September will look like, we can—and we must—be prepared for a range of possibilities,” Carranza wrote. “Our job is to be ready and nimble.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio in May said the city was looking at “any and all options” for schools.

"What I've said to the chancellor and his team is, Plan-A is everyone goes to school in early September as usual, we're up and running, we're at full strength. We understand a lot has to happen to make that possible," de Blasio said at the time. "If Plan-A can't happen, there's lots of other permutations that still could allow us to give kids a great education and take a major step back to normal."

Carranza’s “Fall Framework” involves eight areas:

  • Enhanced safety measures
  • Trauma-informed transition back to school
  • Blended learning
  • School start date
  • Rolled/Phased starts
  • Social distancing and split schedules
  • Building operations
  • School support services