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US News New York reopens elementary schools despite surging Covid-19 cases

03:15  30 november  2020
03:15  30 november  2020 Source:   leparisien.fr

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New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio has announced that pre-k and elementary schools will reopen on December 7. The decision comes less than two weeks after he ordered all public schools to close due to the Covid - 19 pandemic.

New York City’s public elementary schools will return to partial in-person learning Dec. 7 — while middle- and high- schools students will have to wait because of COVID - 19 , Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday. Kids in grades K-5 and in pre-K centers will head back because there “is less concern about

La municipalité new-yorkaise a renoncé à exiger la fermeture des écoles primaires tant que le taux de positivité des tests au Covid-19 ne resterait pas sous les 3 % pendant une semaine. © AFP / Angela Weiss The New York municipality has given up on demanding the closure of elementary schools as long as the positive rate of Covid tests -19 would not stay below 3% for a week.

Faced with the headache imposed on parents, the mayor of the city preferred to opt for the reopening. New York's public elementary schools will reopen on December 7, along with schools for children with learning disabilities, despite a new surge in Covid-19 cases, city mayor Bill said on Sunday. by Blasio.

As many parents have difficulty reconciling their employment and the education of their young children during the pandemic, the municipality has given up demanding the closure of primary schools as long as the positivity rate of Covid-19 tests does not remain below 3% for a week. The percentage of positive tests in New York is currently 3.1%.

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New York City to Reopen Schools as COVID - 19 Spread Intensifies. NEW YORK — New York City will reopen its school system to in-person learning, and increase the number of days a week many children attend Some elementary schools and pre-kindergarten programs will resume classes Dec.

The nation’s largest school district will reopen for younger students and require weekly Covid - 19 testing, but middle- school and high- school students will continue to remain fully New York City became one of the few big urban school districts nationwide to open for in-person instruction this fall.

"A lot of evidence that schools are very safe"

The reopening of schools is possible "because we have a lot of evidence that schools are very safe," Bill de Blasio said at a press conference. Students will be tested weekly, he added, adding that teaching in person five days a week was best for schools spacious enough to allow physical distancing.

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Until now, in-person teaching had only been allowed two or three days a week. "We want our children to go to school as much as possible," continued the Democratic mayor of New York. “This is also what our families want”. Public secondary schools will remain closed, apart from those intended for children with learning difficulties.

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So far, countries that reopened schools after reducing infection levels — and imposed requirements like physical distancing and limits on class sizes — have not seen a surge in coronavirus cases . Later, the team tested students and staff from six elementary schools in the community. Some scientists say that younger children are less likely to have Covid - 19 symptoms like coughs and less

Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York at an elementary school in Brooklyn on Wednesday. Covid - 19 was Trump’s biggest test. He failed miserably. Today America has the most Covid deaths in the On Tuesday, Germany recorded 1,510 new cases , according to a Times database, the country’s highest

A closure of public schools since November 19

"This is the way to go and the best decision", commented the governor of the State of New York, Andrew Cuomo, during a press conference. "It disturbs the students less, the family less, the students can follow the lessons and the schools are safer than the neighborhood," he added.

While most private schools remained open, Bill de Blasio had decided to close New York's public schools from November 19, citing a Covid-19 positivity rate of 3%. The measure immediately sparked controversy, with a petition calling for their continued openness and demonstrations outside town hall.

Some 1.1 million students attend New York public schools, the country's largest school district. But less than a third of them - around 300,000 - returned to face-to-face school in September, with many parents choosing the 100% online option for fear of the virus.

Covid-19: The United States fears an outbreak of contamination after Thanksgiving weekend .
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