“I am working closely with the president of UFT. We will find the right way to educate our children in a very safe environment, and if we can make a temporary remote option, we would welcome doing that,” Adams said during a press conference.
He added that although he is willing to speak with the teachers’ union leadership about the option of distance learning, his goal remains to keep children in school.
“I want kids in school because it’s not just academics,” Adams said. “You hear me say it all the time, it’s a holistic approach that is the full development of children’s personality. All the experts say they should be in school.” .
The comments contradicted what Mayor Anderson Cooper of CNN said last Friday, when he said the remote learning option to slow the current spread of Covid-19 in the city did not make sense to him, particularly because virtual lessons earlier in the pandemic were not effective. . He added that it has negatively affected children who do not have proper access to Wi-Fi and technology, and this will need time to build.
Last Friday, Adams said, “The last time we did a remote choice, the kids weren’t learning, and you can’t have the wrong remote choice… We can’t continue to hurt our children’s education.”
About 7.6% of New York City students have tested positive for Covid-19, according to a sample test from the New York City Department of Education released Thursday. The test, which includes only about 23% of the city’s schools, is a sample snapshot taken over a 24-hour period on Wednesday, according to the data.
And only 77% of students attended school Wednesday, according to the same data.
On Tuesday, students walked out of several schools, including Brooklyn Tech High School and Bronx High School of Science, saying they wanted more Covid-19 testing for students and staff, as well as a distance learning option. Brooklyn Tech is the largest self-paced high school in the country with nearly 6,000 students, according to the city’s Department of Education.
David Banks, a New York City school counselor, told CNN that he plans to meet with some of the student leaders who have dropped out.
“I certainly appreciate any time students raise their voices to be heard … I understand and sympathize with where they are, but I think we’re also very focused on making sure schools are kept open,” Banks told CNN Wednesday.
The school system has been running PCR testing within the school and distributing rapid tests to students since classes resume, according to the New York City Department of Education.
Myrna Sharif, Laura Lee, Elizabeth Stewart, Christina Sigulia, and David Shortel contributed to this report.