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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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Settlement to Give Black and Latino Students More Access to NYC High School Sports Teams

The education department will group certain nearby high schools so they can share access to sports teams.

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NYC Delays its Massive Academic Recovery Program for Students with Disabilities

The nearly quarter billion-dollar effort to help special education students catch-up after more than 1 ½ years of pandemic disruptions gets pushed off to December — taking parents by surprise and causing added turmoil well into the 2021-2022 school year.

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More Than 100,000 NYC Students Are Homeless, New Report Finds

Nearly 1 in 10 New York City public school students lived in unstable, or temporary, housing in the 2020-2021 school year, according to an analysis of state data released Monday.

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NYC Kids Can Get $100 for COVID Vaccine Shots at Elementary Schools

Following the recent federal emergency approval of the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, city officials are setting up one-day vaccine clinics at more than 1,000 school sites across the city that serve these students.

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NYC School Enrollment Down by 64,000 Since Pandemic Started

Roughly 938,000 students are enrolled in New York City’s public schools — down 6.4% compared with the 2019-2020 school year. Meanwhile, charter school enrollment is up.

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Governors Island Climate Research Hub Hopefuls Include Ex-Bloomberg Deputy Mayor

Dan Doctoroff, the former development czar responsible for Hudson Yards and other megaprojects, is among 37 individuals and groups who delivered 12 different proposals for ideas to anchor a New York Harbor climate center.

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NYC Adding More Metal Detectors and Police to Public Schools

After a spate of incidents involving students allegedly bringing guns into school buildings, Mayor Bill de Blasio is deploying additional metal detectors to campuses and extra police officers.

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Will New York Require COVID Vaccines for Students? State Pediatricians Hope So.

The New York chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics "unequivocally support" mandating COVID vaccines for students once the shot is fully federally approved for those younger than 16.

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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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Staff, Advocates Push for Better Conditions at Youth Jails as Rikers Steals Attention

New York City’s juvenile detention centers are having a "a crisis within [a] crisis," fueled not just by understaffing like the chaos at Rikers Island, but also by an aging, listless population, both youth advocates and staff reps told THE CITY.

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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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Vaccine Mandate for NYC School Employees Can Move Forward, Judges Rule

A federal appeals court has removed a temporary block on New York City’s vaccine mandate for Department of Education employees, paving the way for officials to require all school staff to either get the vaccine or be put on unpaid leave.

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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.

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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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NYC Gets Back to School Monday. Here’s What you Need to Know About Vaccinations, Masks and More

Major questions remain around COVID prevention, academic recovery, mental health services — and the basics of teaching and learning — as all New York City schoolchildren head back to buildings for the first time since March 2020.

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Lessons From NYC’s Children of 9/11 Help the Kids of COVID as School Resumes

The terror attacks showed how schools can offer mental health support after an unprecedented crisis, experts say. But because no two disasters are the same, the city faces new challenges in helping students forever upended by the pandemic.

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New School Year Brings New Concerns of Pandemic ‘Educational Neglect’ Child Welfare Probes

Mayor de Blasio tried Wednesday to reassure parents there won’t be a repeat of last year when, as THE CITY revealed, some families were investigated during remote-learning simply because they didn’t have internet or get their city-issued iPads.

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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.