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NEW YORK CITY (WABC) – Today, around 62,000 middle school students in New York City are all about personal learning again.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and School Chancellor Richard Carranza will be present at one of these schools – Leaders of Tomorrow Middle School in the Williamsbridge section of the Bronx – to welcome the students back.
Some of them go back five days a week while others use a hybrid schedule, depending on the space available and the number of students who have chosen to do face-to-face learning.
In the meantime, the United Federation of Teachers still has concerns about the lack of vaccinations among school employees.
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The 30,000 employees vaccinated to date include teachers, school principals, deputy principals, counselors and social workers. This number only includes those vaccinated in urban NYC locations.
“UFT represents more than 120,000 teachers, counselors, paraprofessionals and other school-based members,” said Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers. “Even if you have the most positive impact on the city’s numbers, there are tens of thousands of employees who haven’t had access to the vaccine.”
Teachers returned to middle school classrooms on Wednesday to prepare for resumption of personal learning today.
It’s the first time they’re back since the city was completely isolated in November.
The town’s youngest students were brought back first.
Following the same model that has kept elementary schools down, officials believe that middle schools can be safely reopened.
But the big difference with middle school students is that they switch classes and are not kept in pods like younger students.
The city says it has additional capacity to test students and staff every week.
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“This obligation to test was one of the reasons the schools were so safe. And we believe in it and we know it makes a big difference,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “A recovery from New York City requires our public schools to become strong again. A recovery for all of us means our public schools are there for our children in every community.”
Returning to the classroom is a relief for some parents who say their children have had difficulty with distance learning.
“I’ve seen him go from being a dedicated, enthusiastic, curious student to a withdrawn, completely unenthusiastic, apathetic (almost) student who just isn’t enthusiastic about what he’s doing,” said one mother, Nancy Schwartz , across from Eyewitness News.
As for the students, the mayor says he will have an announcement of a plan to allow them to return to the classroom in the coming weeks.
This plan is complicated by the fact that some of the high schools also serve as vaccination centers.
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