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New York mayor is considering temporary distance learning option after calling it ineffective last week

“I am working closely with the president of UFT. And we will find the right way to educate our children in a very safe environment and if we are able to set up a temporary option from a distance we are invited to do it, ”Adams said at a press conference.

He added that while he is ready to discuss a distance learning option with leaders of the teachers’ union, his goal remains to keep the children in school.

“I want kids in school because it’s not just academics. You hear me say this all the time, this is the holistic approach to the full personality development of children. experts say they should be in school, ”Adams said. .

The comments contrasted with what the mayor told CNN’s Anderson Cooper last Friday, when he said a distance learning option to slow the current spread of Covid-19 in the city made no sense for him, especially because the virtual lessons earlier in the pandemic weren’t effective. He added that this negatively impacts children without proper access to Wi-Fi and technology, and it would take time to develop.

“The last time we did a distance option, the kids weren’t learning, and you can’t have a fake distance option … We can’t continue to interfere with our children’s education,” Adams said last Friday.

About 7.6% of New York City students have tested positive for Covid-19, according to New York City Department of Education test samples released Thursday. The test, which only includes about 23% of the city’s schools, is a snapshot sample that was taken over a 24-hour period on Wednesday, the data showed.

Only about 77% of students showed up to school on Wednesday, according to the same data.

Students left several schools on Tuesday, including Brooklyn Tech High School and the Bronx High School of Science, saying they wanted more Covid-19 tests for students and staff, as well as an option for learning from a distance. Brooklyn Tech is the nation’s largest in-person high school with nearly 6,000 students, according to the city’s education department.

New York City Schools Chancellor David Banks told CNN he plans to meet with some of the student leaders who have left the city.

“I certainly appreciate every time the students raise their voices to be heard… I understand and understand where they are, but I think we also make an effort to ensure that schools remain open,” Banks told CNN Wednesday.

The school system performs PCR tests at school and distributes rapid tests to students since school resumes, according to the New York City Department of Education.

CNN’s Mirna Alsharif, Laura Ly, Elizabeth Stuart, Kristina Sgueglia and David Shortell contributed to this report

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