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NYC students: Tell us how you think school buildings should reopen (or not) in the fall


Students walk down the stairs outside of the Bronx High School of Science in 2019.

David Handschuh for Chalkbeat


This is part of an ongoing collaborative series between Chalkbeat and WNYC/Gothamist reporting the effect of the coronavirus outbreak on how New York students learn and on how educators teach.  

Even if school buildings open as normal this fall, New York City students won’t be walking into a usual school year. 

Due to the growing threat of the coronavirus, almost 1 million children in the city will have spent about a third of this school year learning remotely before heading into the summer months. While New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is “increasingly hopeful” that the country’s largest school system will reopen its buildings in September, how schools will reopen their buildings remains to be seen. 

Chalkbeat and WNYC/Gothamist want to hear from New York students on how they believe school leaders should work toward reopening buildings and reigniting in-person learning in the fall.

Is this the time to make big structural changes to school? What should next school year look like in terms of academics or social and emotional supports? We’re listening below.  

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