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Families Probed for Child Neglect After Keeping Kids Out of School Over COVID Concerns

The impact of child welfare investigations on already traumatized families can be severe: charges stay on records for decades and may affect future job prospects. Parents say they are trying their best to keep their kids safe and educated.

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NYC Children Get Vaccinated at School Amid Both Relief and Frustrating Waits

Kids, ages 5 to 11, started getting their shots, though demand outpaced supply at some schools and lines wrapped around the block at others. Parents got $100 gift cards after their children received the first-come, first-served shots.

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NYC to Eliminate ‘Gifted’ Test in Overhaul of Segregated Program

New York City will no longer test rising kindergartners for entry into its gifted and talented program, which has long attracted controversy for enrolling starkly low numbers of Black and Latino students.

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De Blasio Blows Deadline on Overhaul for Segregated Gifted-and-Talented School Programs

The mayor promised to present "a very different approach" for the programs by the end of September. Now the fate of reforms is unclear as the end of his mayoralty approaches. "It’s too late," said State Sen. John Liu.

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NYC Teachers and School Staff Get Vaccine Mandate Deadline Delay

A federal judge temporarily blocked an order that could have barred tens of thousands of teachers and other workers from classes this week. But a panel of three jurists is expected to review the case Wednesday.

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NYC Schools Brace for Up to 10,000 Missing Teachers as Vaccine Mandate Takes Effect

As the vaccine mandate for New York City teachers is set to take effect next week, schools are bracing for this Tuesday when thousands of educators might be barred from their classrooms.

NYC Schools Overhaul COVID Policy: What You Need to Know About Testing, Quarantines and More

Big changes come after just one week of school as de Blasio announces new measures designed to keep more kids in class. But entire elementary school classrooms may still have to quarantine if a teacher tests positive.

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City Tells Students Heading Back to School to Hop Turnstiles With Form Letters

School started Monday in New York, but some students who need free MetroCards to travel to and from class are still waiting to receive them. That’s raising concerns among some principals that students could end up in trouble with the police.

First Day of In-Person Classes Brings First Test for New York City Schools

The city’s online COVID health screening form crashed. Suspected virus cases hit at least two schools. Attendence was down. But many students, wearing masks, returned for the first all in-person classes in 18 months.

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COVID Complicates Back-to-School Lunch Plans for NYC Students

Eating at an indoor restaurant is limited to those who have been fully vaccinated. But in classrooms, many students remain too young for vaccines. Experts warn that lunchtime could be the riskiest part of the school day.