NYC kids in remote classes could be taught by teachers from other schools
City kids could be taught by teachers from other schools during remote classes this upcoming year, Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza said Monday.
With school populations split up to enable social distancing, principals will struggle to staff an increased number of classes with what will likely be depleted teacher rosters.
“Our goal has always been that students that are in remote learning will have teachers from their school,” Carranza said at a press conference alongside Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Obviously that is our goal. But that is not a guarantee. Because it’s going to depend on how many teachers at that school are in remote mode, how many are in-person learning.”
Thus far, 26 percent of city families opted for a fully remote format and that number is expected to grow over the opening weeks and months of the school year.
The remaining 74 percent will alternate between distance and classroom learning one to three days per week depending on an individual school’s chosen model.
Roughly 15 percent of city teachers have sought medical COVID-19 exemptions and will work from home if approved.
“Obviously if you have less students per class you need additional staffing,” Carranza said. “So we are in the throes of all of those detailed planning processes.”
De Blasio said that staffing issues won’t clarify until the new year begins.
“Some of this will be determined in the actual doing of it,” he said.
De Blasio also sought to allay concerns about coronavirus protective gear in the country’s largest school system and said the city has stocked up on key items — including 4 million masks.
“Whatever our schools need they’re going to have,” he insisted.
The Department of Education will introduce a hotline for principals in need of additional items.
Also speaking Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo reiterated that the state retains the ability to shutter any school it deems unsafe.
“If something happens and there is a spread, then the state will step in and close the school,” he said.
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