The Washington Post
New York City public schools open for 1 million kids
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.