De Blasio likely to determine fate of middle and high schools next month

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Mayor Bill de Blasio will give updated guidance on the near-term future of city middle and high schools next month.

While some buildings serving kids in lower grades are at least partially open, all students above 5th grade are currently all-remote.

Asked about their status for the remainder of the year, Hizzoner said to expect new guidelines in February.

“The trajectory is simple,” he said at his daily briefing. “We would start with middle school next, work our way up to high school. It will certainly take time. We need to make more progress with vaccines. We need need more progress beating back the sheer number of cases.”

De Blasio said he was hopeful that circumstances would eventually stabilize enough to enable a full revival of city school buildings next academic year.

“I am adamant that based on everything we’re seeing now we’ll be able to come back full strength in September,” he said.

Currently, roughly 850 schools are operating on-site in some form.

The vast majority of city kids are still learning on a fully remote basis.

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