New York, September 29
Hundreds of thousands of elementary school students are heading back to classrooms this week as New York City enters a high-stakes stage of resuming in-person learning during the coronavirus pandemic, which is keeping students at home in many other big US school systems.
Twice delayed, the elementary school reopening on Tuesday came over objections from school principals who said the city’s complicated, changing plans put them in a staffing bind.
Meanwhile, officials are worried about the spurt in virus cases in some areas after a summer of success at keeping transmission fairly stable in the city as a whole. “It’s a big moment for the city,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said. — AP