Schools reopen for fraction of New York City students
September 23, 2020
NEW YORK - New York City public schools reopened on Monday for up to 90,000 children - a small fraction of the city's 1.1 million public school students but the first time any in-person classes have been held since the coronavirus pandemic took hold in March.
Pre-kindergarten students and those with advanced special needs were the only students to return to school buildings after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio abruptly delayed the start of the school year for everyone else last week amid a teacher shortage and ongoing safety concerns.
As New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo criticized the city for its constantly changing reopening plan, the head of the city teachers union warned that the city's plan still won't provide enough teachers to open middle schools and high schools.