Sep 1, 2020 - Politics & Policy

NYC pushes back school reopenings 10 days amid threat of teachers' strike

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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio. Photo: Noam Galai/Getty Images

New York City is delaying the reopening of its schools by 10 days, Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced Tuesday, as part of a deal to avert a teachers' strike.

Why it matters: The deal comes after the unions, representing teachers, staff and administrators in the country's largest school district, demanded more time for schools to adequately prepare for in-person learning amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Teachers' concerns included a lack of PPE and problems with air ventilation systems in aging school buildings.

Details: A hybrid reopening, with some students attending in-person classes, was slated for Sept. 10.

  • But now the city's 1.1 million students will not begin in-person instruction until Sept. 21 under a blended learning plan, which will also include remote classes.
  • Some students, meanwhile, will begin remote learning on Sept. 16.

Between the lines: De Blasio had been pushing to reopen schools, arguing low-income students need in-person learning due to limited digital access.

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