The Washington Post

New York City public schools open for 1 million kids

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Classrooms opened for about 1 million New York City public school students Monday in the nation’s largest experiment of in-person learning during the coronaviru­s pandemic.

The start of the school year happened the same day the city took several big steps toward recovery from the pandemic.

Nearly all of the city’s 300,000 employees were required to be at work in person Monday. Most will need to be vaccinated or undergo weekly coronaviru­s testing to remain in their jobs.

The city was also set to start enforcing rules requiring workers and customers to be vaccinated to go indoors at restaurant­s, museums, gyms and entertainm­ent venues. The vaccinatio­n requiremen­t has been in place for weeks but had not been enforced.

There will also be a vaccine requiremen­t — with no test-out option — for teachers, though they have been given until September 27 to get their first shot.

Unlike some school districts that are offering online learning to families that prefer it, New York City officials say there will be no remote option.

 ?? STEPHANIE KEITH/BLOOMBERG NEWS ?? Kids wait to enter a New York school. All city teachers must be vaccinated against the coronaviru­s.
STEPHANIE KEITH/BLOOMBERG NEWS Kids wait to enter a New York school. All city teachers must be vaccinated against the coronaviru­s.

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