New York City, on Sept 10, is assured to be one of the country’s 10 largest school districts to open the
schools for the session of 2020-21.
As the city has reduced it’s covid-19 pandemic rate hence New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced
to reopen the school districts this month as long as their covid positivity rate was under 5 percent which
is 1 percent at recent.
New York Mayor Bill De Blaiso has proposed a hybrid plan for reopening of schools.
Under this plan, students who want to study offline would go a few times a week, probably 2 or 3 days,
and on others days they have to learn from home and those who don’t can do only remote learning.
There has been some noteworthy opposition to this plan from various sectors consisting teachers, health
staff, counsellors, and parents.
10 major problems have been highlighted by these communities for the implementation of this plan.
10 Major Loopholes in the plan
#1. Pandemic risk still exists:
The Mayor’s plan set out that if the infection rate of the city is equal or more than 3 percent then school
As summer ends, and families who have been visiting hotspots in the past duration come home & college
students from around the world return to their campuses, it’s not obstructive to assume rates could rise
The Test Result Lags and a dysfunctional tracing program hinder the trustability of any accurate data of
#2. Capricious Plan it is:
This plan of the Mayor is arbitrary and reckless. On day 1of the reopening of schools, hundreds or
thousands of teachers and students will be together composing a huge mass which can be in the favour of
#3. Inadequate school budget:
Managing schools to allow for Social Distancing and other safety requirements is expensive. Recently, due to
the financial crisis, it is very difficult for the schools to find funds to acquire equipment and to hire a
good level of staff to make the Mayor’s plan work.
#4. Safety issues regarding buildings:
New York City has over 1,500 school buildings, some of which are more than 100 years old. In Fact many
of them lack elementary HVAC systems.
One administrator noted, “ we’ve had no assessment from an independent environmental engineer or DOE
officials… At no point have we been given any scientific or quantifiable data about how the determination was made
that our airflow situation is adequate”.
#5. Expert’s opinion:
Union comprising nurses, custodial Engineers, teachers, principals have all mentioned that September
10 is too early to open the schools.
According to them, DOE’s plan is not sufficient to guarantee safe working and learning conditions.
The New York State Nurses Association issued an assertive statement warning against reopening of
schools too soon.
#6. Trouble to Special children:
It has been well reported that remote learning can be troublesome for socially, emotionally or financially
vulnerable children as well as for the language learning students.
Yet the plan the DOE submitted to the state primarily skips over how its various protocols and structure
will influence the city’s 2,50,000 special education students.
#7. Technical Loophole in the plan:
The DOE has failed to concede how communities which are significantly more advantaged are better
furnished to deal with deficiencies in its plan.
Where some schools tapping parent networks for funds, there are other communities, teachers step
forward through mutual aid structures just to make sure their students’ family traumatized by covid-19,
#8. Would hybrid plan work:
According to the recent plan, the majority of the students will be going to learn remotely. If they need to
close down due to covid-19 cases, the entire school will have to go remote.
The DOE has disregarded this fact, instead centralising it's attention on the planning of in-building
organisations which can’ seem favourable.
#9. Unstable atmosphere for students:
The on-again, off-again nature of hybrid schedule, paired with probability of schools periodically closing
when covid-19 infection hits.
#10. On the ground prospects of the plan:
Safety measures like Wearing masks and remaining feeds apart, are developmentally unsuitable and
these measures have the capability to create stressful, anxiety-provoking and disparately policed
classrooms that can devastate the students. For teachers it would be stressful and difficult to handle the
children and teens.
In addition, beloved teachers and family members would come in the risk of infection.
What should be done –
1. Course must be shortened and specific.
2. Educators and political leaders should suggest some other alternate plans