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NYC School Safety Agent Shortage Looms as Vaccination Mandate Deadline Nears

Hundreds, if not thousands of guards could come off the payroll for refusing to get their shots — putting student safety in jeopardy, principals say. Meanwhile, 10,000 teachers have yet to upload proof of vaccination, according to education officials.

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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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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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Schools’ COVID Safety Plan Has Less Testing, Remote Learning for Quarantined Kids

With less than three weeks remaining before schools reopen for a million students, New York City officials on Thursday revealed a suite of safety protocols including coronavirus testing and classroom closure policies.

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School Policing Questioned as Students Return to Classrooms Amid Pandemic Stress and Security Revamp

The restarting of fully in-person classes means a comeback for thousands of school safety agents alongside a million students to city public schools in less than a month. That’s reignited a raging debate over what role cops should have in classrooms.

How Can You Social Distance at Overcrowded NYC Schools? A Two-Tiered System Feared

With the start of classes just a month away and the COVID-19 Delta variant spreading, it’s still unclear whether — or how — many schools will adhere to the three-foot guideline. "We are very, very scared," one Brooklyn parent said.

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Some NYC Healthcare Workers Face Vaccine Requirements or Weekly Tests. Teachers Could Be Next

After announcing that certain healthcare workers would be required to get vaccinated or submit to weekly coronavirus testing, Mayor Bill de Blasio is now considering the same for other city workers, including teachers, he said Wednesday.

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De Blasio Keeps Mask Rules for New York City Schools Despite CDC Changes

New York City schools will stick with universal masking for now, despite new federal guidance that OKs ditching face coverings for vaccinated students and teachers, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday.

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When It Comes to Special Education, What’s Working and What Isn’t? Let’s Talk About it at the Next Open Newsroom

THE CITY and Chalkbeat New York are bringing together parents, teachers, advocates and experts to discuss finding solutions to help vulnerable New York City public school students facing a lack of legally mandated services amid the pandemic.

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What’s Working And What Isn’t? Help Us Report On Special Education Solutions in New York City

THE CITY and Chalkbeat are teaming up to report on what’s working and what’s not in the world of special education — and we want to hear from you.


We’re here to listen. Email or visit our tips page for other ways to share.

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NYC Announces Sweeping Changes to Middle, High School Application Process

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza on Friday said that the COVID-19 pandemic has forced them to dramatically alter the public school admissions process.

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Teachers Union Balks at de Blasio’s Suggestion School Buildings Can Remain Open Amid Possible NYC Lockdown

The critical reaction could foreshadow a contentious debate about when it’s appropriate to shut down school buildings.

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NYC Middle and High Schools Won’t Offer In-Person Learning Until 2021 at the Earliest

Up to 145,000 middle and high school students who previously opted into in-person learning will be forced to learn remotely for now.

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Special Ed Students Denied Crucial Services During COVID Remote Learning, Suit Alleges

Case against Department of Education demands immediate action as parents plead for help for students with disabilities.

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Stuck on Mute: Kids in Juvenile Lockups Can’t Be Seen or Heard by Teachers During Remote Learning

The end of in-person schooling is being felt even worse by children in city detention centers due to strict online instruction rules. Advocates say the students risk being left further behind.

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Parents From Long-Shuttered Public Schools Warn: Get Ready for Stress and Tears

Thousands of kids enrolled in southern Brooklyn have already been living with school shutdowns for more than a month, as students citywide now join them in all-remote learning.

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Most NYC Students Are Learning Online, But The City’s Virtual Teaching Strategy Remains Elusive

On a given school day, up to 800,000 students are expected to sign in for remote learning from home — but New York City has yet to put forward a detailed strategy to help schools improve online instruction.

NYC School Buildings Will Open Monday, But Imminent Closures Loom

The coronavirus positivity testing rate has been creeping up toward the 3% threshold set by Mayor de Blasio for stopping in-person learning. Gov. Cuomo now suggests the city’s cutoff is too strict.

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NYC Public Schools Have Lost 31,000 Students This Fall, Preliminary Data Show

Public school enrollment is falling at schools across New York City, according to data obtained by Chalkbeat. School rosters have already lost about 3.4% of students compared with last year.

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COVID Rates Inch Toward NYC’s Threshold for Shutting Down Schools

New York City has "one last chance" to turn the tide of rising coronavirus cases or else face possible shutdowns again that could include school closures, the mayor warned.