Mayor Bill de Blasio announced New York City Schools will reopen fully in September. There will not be a remote option.
- [INAUDIBLE] us on the big change for schools this fall. Nearly one million New York City public school students will be able to attend traditional in-person classes this fall. The city will fully reopen schools without remote learning.
- And in the latest push in the race to vaccinate, New Yorkers who get vaccinated at 10 state-run sites this week will get a lottery scratch off ticket worth up to $5 million. Eyewitness News reporter, Candace McCowan, is live outside the Javits Center with more. Candace.
CANDACE MCCOWAN: Yeah, [INAUDIBLE], certainly Mayor de Blasio saying the key to getting kids back in the classroom is getting everyone vaccinated. We have eight million New Yorkers that have been vaccinated so far, and he expects that number to only go up over the coming months. And he says, the key to getting the city back on the road to recovery is getting kids back in the classroom.
BILL DE BLASIO: New York City Public Schools, one million kids will be back in their classroom in September, all in-person, no remote.
CANDACE MCCOWAN: Mayor de Blasio making the announcement on MSNBC this morning, giving parents and teachers plenty of notice about what is coming this September.
BILL DE BLASIO: You can't have a full recovery without full strength schools, everyone back sitting in those classrooms, kids learning again. So, that's what we're going to have in September.
CANDACE MCCOWAN: Of the city's one million students, 60% of them continue to learn full time remotely. Now, the work is in reassuring parents that their students will be safe.
BILL DE BLASIO: The answer is the first. We're going to welcome parents to come into the schools starting in June. See how much has been done to keep them safe, get reacclimated. We're going to do that throughout the summer coming into September.
CANDACE MCCOWAN: The United Federation of Teachers responding saying that "there's no substitute for in-person instruction. New York City educators want their students physically in front of them." But going on to say, "we still have concerns about the safety of a small number of students with extreme medical challenges. For that small group of students, a remote option may still be necessary."
This as the mayor announces more incentives to get New Yorkers vaccinated. Announcing today that at city sites, you can qualify for staycation packages, gym memberships, Broadway shows, and even three-day passes to the Governor's Ball. A similar effort in place at state-run sites, today through Friday, with anyone receiving the first dose getting a chance in the vaccine lottery to win $5 million, which is motivating for some.
ANTHONY MALLOY: I want to know if I can get any one of those tickets. I hope to win all of it.
I need it for my space project.
AMY STUMPLE: I was going to get my shot anyway, but sure. Chance to win money, I'd do it. Yeah, especially after this year.
CANDACE MCCOWAN: Yeah, and when it comes to schools, the mayor says, he is hoping that the CDC will relax its social distancing rule of three feet between each student as the summer goes on, as his infection rates continue to go down, and the vaccination rates continue to go up. Now, I spoke with one teacher today who says, it will be hard to return to the classroom after being out after 18 months. She says, she is anxious, but knows it is time. Live here--