Mayor De Blasio Sticks to Sept. 10 School Opening

Aug 13, 2020

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is insisting the plan is still to have school open as scheduled September 10th as principals ask for in person learning to be delayed.

Principals and administrators have a lot of unanswered questions and concerns related to the coronavirus. They feel they may not be ready for schools opening in time but Mayor de Blasio says there’s still a month to go.

“The fact that there is a lot of outstanding questions doesn’t scare me. We are going to deal with the questions. We’re going to keep making progress everyday,” he said.

One of the chief concerns was a shortage of nurses but de Blasio said the city will be able to place a nurse in every school building. The mayor said he expects educators and staff to show up unless they have a medical waiver.

“We’ve just got to do this for our kids," he said. "Our parents have spoken. The vast majority of them want their kids back in school.”