NEW YORK, New York: Over 50,000 students returned to New York City public schools on this week.
This raises the number of students receiving in-school educations to about 378,000 — or 40 percent of the one million enrolled students in New York City.
For returning students, it was the first time they have entered a classroom in more than one year.
New York schools were increasingly comfortable accepting more students for in-school teaching after U.S. health officials reduced the recommended distance between students from 6 to 3 feet.
Parents and school officials now say they are free to make plans for in-school learning beginning next fall.
“It’s too early to be able to tell you everything about September. But I can tell you this much: We want every child back in the classroom, and we’re planning on every child being back in the classroom,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said, according to WABC TV. But he warned, “sA lot could happen between now and September.”
Of note, some parents have expressed their dissatisfaction with in-school learning, while some 40 percent of teachers remain absent on medical leave.
The loosening of Covid restrictions early in the week meant that movie theaters, museums and zoos were allowed to increase the number of people entering their facilities.
Last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that museums and zoos could open to 50 percent capacity and cinemas to 33 percent.
Of note, New York City health officials have announced that the seven-day average for new Covid cases is below 2,200 for the first time since November.