New York City is delaying the start of its school year by 10 days, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday, as part of a deal to avert a teachers’ strike and calm principals and parents anxious about the start of in-person classes.
The city’s 1.1 million children will not have any in-person classes until Sept. 21. Most children will not start remote classes until that date.
The delay is intended to give principals and administrators more time to prepare for the most closely-watched reopening effort in the country. School leaders, teachers, elected officials and union bosses have been raising alarms for weeks, with increasing urgency, about the system’s readiness for reopening.
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