WATCH: New York City Schools Chancellor, Richard Carranza, and his top aides Alison Hirsh and Julie Shapiro discuss the future of learning for the city’s 1.1 million students
The program for the fall semester will depend on the guidance from health experts and the trajectory of the COVID-19 virus:
The Department of Education (DOE) is developing a nimble “blended learning” system to easily adjust and update as the public health landscape evolves:
- Students will be taught in a school building for part of the week and will continue learning remotely from home on the other days. Special needs students will be prioritized for in person lessons.
- Families also have the option for all-remote learning and must let the DOE know by August 7 by filling out this form or calling 311.
- The DOE procured over 300,000 tablets so every student has a quality virtual learning experience.
- Younger children in the classroom will be grouped in smaller pods to easily monitor potential outbreaks.
Outside of the classroom experience, the city is:
- Securing 100,000 childcare slots to accommodate parents returning to the office.
- Developing new safety protocols to ensure social distancing on buses.
- Prioritizing social workers, nurses and trauma programs for students.
The Chancellor also emphasized the efficiencies and advancements gained over the last 5 months:
- Remote learning tools and resources allows for an adaptable and personalized learning experience.
- Online learning programs come in multiple languages and can hold 100,000 books.
- Video conferencing is streamlining planning processes across all of the city’s school principals.
For more information please visit the DOE’s return to school website here. Please join us on August 18 to hear from Deputy Mayor for Administration, Emma Wolfe, and Deputy Mayor of Operations, Laura Anglin, on building a new normal for New York City.
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