New York City schools are set to begin reopening in stages starting Dec. 7, according to Mayor de Blasio’s office.
In-person learning at preschool, 3-K programs and elementary schools is on track to start on that date, followed by District 75 schools that provide special education on Dec. 10. Middle and high schools will reopen at a date still to be determined.
The city will also move toward providing in-person learning five days per week, up from several days per week, the mayor’s office said Sunday.
The city is boosting COVID testing at schools, requiring 20% of students at each site to be tested every week. That’s up from the previous requirement of monthly testing for random groups of students. Testing consent forms will be required for students to be allowed back for in-person learning.
Public schools have been closed since Nov. 19, when spiking coronavirus cases prompted the city to shut down in-person learning.
The move was triggered when the citywide rolling average of positive COVID tests reached 3%. Reopening is not contingent on reaching any testing benchmark, according to de Blasio’s office.