UPDATED 7:30 AM PT – Thursday, November 26, 2020
New York City’s mayor admitted he made a mistake shutting down in-person learning when the citywide coronavirus infection rate reached 3 percent.
During a press conference Wednesday, Bill de Blasio announced public schools in the Big Apple will reopen for in-person learning on a school-by-school basis with plans to release a more detailed plan next week.
The mayor doesn’t think it’s necessary for every student to receive a COVID-19 vaccine before they can return to class. He went on to state to schools are very safe.
“The schools have proven to be very, very safe,” said de Blasio. “So over time, I think as the vaccine gets distributed much more widely…it’s going to certainly help us to keep schools strong, and get more and more kids back in the schools.”
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) November 25, 2020
The New York City Democrat reiterated every student and their legal guardian will have to sign a consent form before returning to class.