A 2-year-old child was shot in Newark Monday, according to a public safety official.
DAVID NOVARRO: I'm David Novarro with a look at some of today's coronavirus headlines. And there are several developments on both the vaccine and school fronts. When it comes to schools, Mayor de Blasio says 51,000 students have opted back into New York City public schools to finish out the school year. Those returning students will be back in class on April 26. Meanwhile, in New Jersey, students in Newark return to class for the first time in more than a year. In person learning will resume for two days a week in the district.
As Eyewitness News reporter Diana Rocco tells us, in-person learning also resumed at a large district in Westchester County.
DIANA ROCCO: After a big outcry from parents, the school board unanimously voted to send kids here in Yonkers back to school four days a week. Kids were greeted at the door this morning with new measures in place. Temperature checks and face masks for public students in Yonkers on their first day back to four day a week in person learning. Nearly 50% have returned to the classroom. And more are expected to opt in over the coming months.
- This is like a grand reopening for us. It's an amazing day.
EDWIN QUEZADA: Children in urban communities need to be in school. We are all out and about doing what we need to do. Therefore our children need to be in the location where they are most loved, most appreciated, most cared for.
DIANA ROCCO: Students were welcomed back at the Yonkers Montessori Academy by their principal and teachers and the Yonkers superintendent of schools with new safeguards in place. Desk guards were up in the elementary school classrooms and windows were open for ventilation.
STEVE LOPEZ: We look forward to those students that are full remote being able to come back as they wish in the near future.
DIANA ROCCO: The Department of Education voted unanimously to bring students back after parents overwhelmingly requested the return.
MIKE SPANO: The infection rate amongst our students is very, very low. Less than 2%. So there's really no reason for us not to. I mean, when you think about it, the good outweighs the bad here. But we need our kids back in a learning environment.
DIANA ROCCO: Yonkers now has a system in place for regular COVID testing. And schools will be closed every Wednesday for a thorough cleaning. In Yonkers, I'm Diana Rocco. Channel seven, Eyewitness News.
DAVID NOVARRO: Meanwhile, a few big vaccination announcements. Beginning today, New York City will vaccinate Broadway workers in yet another step to get performances back onto the great white way. And Governor Cuomo says New York state will push to vaccinate all college students by the start of the next school year.
ANDREW CUOMO: State University of New York, the SUNY system, will take the lead in being a model for vaccinating students on colleges, on campuses. The state of New York announces today, we will be giving direct allocations to schools, colleges, universities, so they can vaccinate their students in their facilities.
DAVID NOVARRO: Some private schools in New York, including Syracuse and Cornell universities are requiring students to be vaccinated before they return to class in the fall. Well, we invite you to stay with Eyewitness News and ABC 7 for the latest on the pandemic. I'm David Novarro. Have a great afternoon.