Coronavirus New York

Many organizations will face tough decisions about laying off staff and cutting back services that have been a cornerstone of the city’s much-lauded Community Schools program.
Anxiety, depression, and chronic absenteeism are on the rise as many students and parents struggle with school refusal after prolonged campus closures during COVID.
‘I believe that virtual learning is here to stay whether or not we have a pandemic’ schools Chancellor David Banks says.
About 57% of high school students are vaccinated, so the move will significantly increase the share of students who are eligible to attend.
Schools issued about 16% fewer suspension from July through December 2021 compared to the same period in 2019 before the pandemic hit.
Questions remain about how the city will spend the remainder of billions in federal COVID stimulus funding on New York City’s school system.
The investment will be spread over four years and could help to stabilize an industry shaken by COVID.
With the end of the school year approaching, NYC schools have spent just about half of this year’s COVID relief, according to a comptroller report.
The pandemic helped drive the state’s decision to scrap the requirement, and follows reforms in recent years to teacher certification in New York.
The move immediately brought backlash from labor unions, after Adams said the city is not currently considering changing rules for city workers.
The uptick comes as a new variant, B.A.2, spreads in New York, and mask mandates in schools have been lifted for most students.
“It’s difficult to argue that that’s the best use of money to keep an individual safe,” said Jay Varma, a top health advisor to former Mayor Bill de Blasio who designed the testing program.
Parents in New York City schools’ “Family Healing Ambassadors” program are working to address mental health needs at their schools through workshops and peer-to-peer support.
The largest chunk — about $1.9 billion — will be for an expansion of the city’s pre-K program for 3-year-olds over the next several years.
“We shouldn’t be judging, we shouldn’t be mean, and we shouldn’t be acting out of fear,” one assistant principal told students.
The education department on Friday released school-level vaccination rates that show wide disparities across the boroughs.
Nearly 15,000 NYC students are home schooling this year, up about 88% since the pandemic hit. The city’s highest poverty districts saw the biggest growth in home school students.
Chalkbeat created a flow chart to help families in NYC schools navigate the city’s new test-to-stay and quarantine policies when someone tests positive for COVID.
Students in grades K-12 who test positive may return on day six as long as they meet certain conditions and wear a well-fitting mask.
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