New York City to reopen middle schools as Chicago nears deal to go back to class after contentious battle with teachers
New York City Public Schoolsplan to reopen middle schools on February 25.
- Most classrooms in the nation's largest public school system have been shuttered since November.
Chicago Public Schoolsare also nearing a return to classrooms after months-long disputes.
Two of the largest school systems in the US are planning to open schools for in-person learning this month.
The New York City Department of
In November, New York City Mayor
Chicago Sun-Times, the tentative plan would have some students returning to classrooms this week while also affording teachers the opportunity to be "fully vaccinated" before returning to their classrooms. In-person learning for Chicago's pre-kindergarten and special education students would resume on Thursday, according to the report, and elementary and middle school students would follow in the weeks to come.
The plan would offer COVID-19 testing to all staff before returning to schools and would make tests available to students aged 10 or older, according to the report.
The Chicago plan also calls for schools to re-close for a two-week period should the citywide positivity rate increase for seven consecutive days, jump at least 15% each day compared to the previous week, and rise to 10% or higher on the seventh day, according to the Sun-Times.Chicago Mayor
The CDC is expected to release recommendations on reopen schools safely
Since last year, the question of how to safely open schools has sparked fierce debate between school leaders, teachers, politicians, and public health experts.
While many school systems across the US closed entirely in March 2020 at the outset of the pandemic, some have since returned to classrooms, while others have kept students entirely online. Some systems have opted for a hybrid proposal that allows some students and staff in the building while others participate from home.President Joe Biden in an interview that aired Sunday on CBS called school closures a "national emergency," calling for the cautious reopening of classrooms to students.
Biden said he expected CDC Commissioner Rochelle Walensky would unveil "science-based" recommendations for school reopenings as soon as Wednesday.In January, the president signed an executive order directing the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services to create guidelines to reopen schools safely within his first 100 days in office.
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