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This year, 97% of the city’s estimated 67,320 kindergarten students were automatically enrolled into the program, with 3% choosing not to participate.
High school admissions for NYC's public schools have changed, leaving parents and students overwhelmed.
Some teachers pointed to math assessments with 20-25 problems in small font squeezed onto a single page that elementary schoolers are supposed to complete within three minutes or less.
"We do have to be honest that there's a substantial number of children for whatever reason, parents are not bringing them to school. I have to make sure children are educated.”
Dr. Mary Bassett, who was once New York City’s health commissioner, is advising everyone to get booster shots if eligible, wear masks indoors and get tested before attending family gatherings.
One principal said hundreds of students were in quarantine and dozens of teachers were absent.
Parents are also reporting their children are being removed from the city’s opt-in testing program after only a first dose of vaccine.
A statement published on the school's website marks the first time in the 2020-2021 year that officials have publicly described the specific criteria leading to a shutdown.
A WNYC/Gothamist investigation discovered that the Department of Education got those devices for a bargain after the supplier lobbied the city.
At P.S. 166 Henry Gradstein in Queens, total cases nearly tripled over the past week.
Educators say smaller class sizes may be upshot of reduced roster.
The city will increase unannounced metal detector screenings.
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