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 […]
As NY mulls end to school mask mandate, how many students are vaccinated?
From Chalkbeat: How many New York City public school students are vaccinated? Education department officials won’t say, even though they use those statistics to determine how many students to test for COVID at each school. The city has not provided school-level vaccination rates despite a City Council law that requires the department to do so. […]
NYC panel approves $43 million to replace troubled special education data system
From Chalkbeat: A citywide panel cleared the way this week for New York City to begin overhauling its special education data system, approving nearly $43 million to replace the costly and glitchy database more than two years after officials first announced plans to scrap it. The city’s Special Education Student Information System, known as SESIS, […]
Adequate ventilation can curb the spread of COVID. Here’s what we know about ventilation inside NYC schools.
From Chalkbeat: Inside a century-old red brick building on the edge of Manhattan’s Chinatown, Joanne O’Neill and her custodial staff have been hustling. In the morning, two hours before students arrived for summer camp, approximately 70 window air conditioning units were flipped on, and all windows – the primary source of ventilation in the building […]
To keep Summer Rising running at one Bronx site, each day brings a new staffing puzzle
From Chalkbeat: In the brightly lit library at P.S. 382/M.S. 447 Creston Academy in the West Bronx, middle schoolers excitedly jostle around a camera to record interviews of each other. Across the hall, in the cafeteria, elementary school students draw self-portraits in quiet concentration. In the auditorium, hip hop thumps as rising middle schoolers on […]
New CDC guidance: Vaccinate teachers, but don’t wait to open schools
“Highly anticipated new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says schools don’t need to wait for staff to be vaccinated to reopen. Students should return full-time where spread is low or moderate, and with regular testing, the CDC says schools can open for some in-person instruction even when community spread is high. Masks and […]
NYC’s middle school students and returning to school.
New York City’s middle school students will return to their campuses on Feb. 25, education department officials told principals on Monday. Middle school teachers will return the day before to ready their classrooms, and they will be prioritized to receive coronavirus vaccinations during the mid-winter recess, from Feb. 12 – 21, according to education department […]