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Jun
14

NYC ends mask mandate for children in preschools, daycares

Masks will be optional for New York City children under 5 in preschool and daycare programs starting June 13 as COVID rates have begun to drop, Mayor Eric Adams announced Thursday. The announcement comes several months after Adams lifted the mask mandate for public school students, a decision he stuck by even as COVID rates […]

By John Russo | Blog . news
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May
02

NYC schools to give students weekly at-home COVID tests as cases rise

From Chalkbeat: New York City schools are now providing four at-home COVID testing kits to all students each week and asking families to use them on a regular basis, according to an education department letter sent to families on Wednesday. The new policy comes as students have returned from spring break, and “cases are on […]

By John Russo | Blog . news
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Apr
07

New York City plans to drop its mask mandate for its youngest students on April 4, Mayor Eric Adams announced Tuesday, as long as COVID cases remain low.

With children under the age of 5 the only age group still required to mask in school, many of their parents have relentlessly pressed Adams on the issue as he has traveled around the city in recent days. “We want to see our babies’ faces,” Adams said at a press conference at City Hall insisting […]

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Mar
09

NYC schools Chancellor David Banks outlines fixes for ‘broken’ education department

In his first major policy speech to education department brass, New York City schools Chancellor David Banks offered sharp criticism of the system he inherited. His Wednesday address acknowledged sharp enrollment declines, lingering concerns over school safety both from violence and from COVID, and, three school years into the pandemic, a battered trust among families […]

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Dec
02

The NYPD is sending ‘youth coordination officers’ to schools. Who are they?

From Chalkbeat: Last month, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a fairly new kind of cop would be sent to city schools following a spate of violent incidents, including five guns allegedly recovered from students within a week. The NYPD initially rolled out the “Youth Coordination Officers” program in 2020, with an early target of moving […]

By John Russo | news
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Dec
02

Settlement to give Black and Latino students more access to NYC high school sports teams

From Chalkbeat: New York City will expand access to sports teams in the wake of a lawsuit that claimed Black and Latino students were systematically denied access to the same athletic opportunities as students of other races. Under a preliminary settlement agreement announced Wednesday, the education department will group certain nearby high schools so they […]

By John Russo | news
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Nov
01

Just 35% of eligible NYC students have consented to coronavirus testing so far

The effectiveness of New York City’s school-based COVID testing program came under scrutiny on Wednesday when education department officials for the first time disclosed the number of students who consented to participate: just over a third of those who are eligible. In total, 192,705 students have submitted consent for the random testing program, First Deputy […]

By John Russo | news
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Nov
01

NYC students go without mandated services because of staffing shortage

The staffing shortage caused by the thousands of unvaccinated teachers and staffers who were out of a job wreaked havoc at some city schools, where students skipped mandated services or were taught by inexperienced teachers. At PS 204 in Bensonhurst and PS 185 in Bay Ridge, there was a lack of speech specialists. At IS […]

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