Did you guys see the news that came out yesterday that NYC public schools are not required to offer any synchronous instruction to children in blended learning on their remote days? This came out LAST NIGHT. What a bait and switch. Many schools are doing three (or more!) in-person cohorts, so kids now will have no one to help or talk to them from school for 4/6 of their school days. And the staffing issue was something school-level leaders have been raising the alarm on since the chancellor announced this plan.
I'm so upset. I picked remote-only from the start because I knew it would be such a mess, but there are so many families desperate for in-person school and I'm so sad that they are being offered such a pathetic educational plan. Kids with special needs, kids learning English--they will be completely abandoned. So awful.
Oh, also, if a school doesn't have enough teacher in the building, it's also fine to just park them in front of a screen with a teacher teaching remotely... so 10 kids in a classroom in masks... watching a screen. Great.