New York City public middle and high school students will not return to classrooms for in-person learning until January of next year at the earliest, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday.
The inevitable finally became reality for New York City public schools during the second wave of COVID-19, as Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza informed principals that campuses would close Thursday, November 19, with all classes reverting to online instruction only.
City officials announced today that in-person classes will be pushed back until Monday, September 21.
Brooklyn’s school situation is ever-changing, with the education system shifting alongside borough demographics and sagging under the weight of incoming residents.
DNAinfo reports that the Department of Education proposed rezoning two neighborhood middle schools — I.S. 145 and I.S 230 — to help alleviate overcrowding in Jackson Heights. According to DNAinfo, “The boundaries for I.S. 230 would expand by about 10 blocks along Roosevelt Avenue, from 83rd Street to 92nd Street. The new territory, which would shrink the zone for I.S. 145, would be served by an annex for I.S. 230 that is under construction in the neighborhood.” The annex is expected to open next September, which is when the rezoning is also supposed to take place. Both middle schools are currently over 100 percent capacity; parents have complained about overcrowding for years. The DOE will hold a public meeting on the matter Monday, January 13th, 6pm at I.S 145, 33-34 80th Street.
Image source: Times Ledger – the Campus Magnet complex in Cambria Heights, Queens
The Times Ledger reports that a handful of schools in Queens – South Jamaica’s Edward K. Ellington School/PS 140 (GMAP); two Cambria Heights Campus Magnet high schools – Business, Computer Applications and Entrepreneurship (GMAP), and Law, Government and Community Service (GMAP); and the 8th grade at PS 156 in Laurelton (GMAP) have been asked to close.