Today was supposed to be a victory for the New York City. School children were supposed to go back to school day, but it ended up being back to school, but not back to the classroom for most. (Sept. 21)
- There's flowers. I have flowers on my shoes too.
- Hi. I'm just gonna take your temperature, right?
SARAH ISTARKI: I think everybody is a little nervous. You know, I have a family at home. But we're all here because we all love to teach. And we're doing what we can. So we have our thermometers. We have our masks. We're washing our hands. But we know this is really important for the children and the city. So that's why we're here.
SARAH ISTARKI: But also ready. That's the point of it. As you can see, the teachers are excited.
GEOFF SANOFF: We don't wear masks in our own house, but today when they're sitting home doing their homework.
- Just waiting for science class to start in about a minute and I have stuff to load.
- All right, I've got a new group coming in. Perfect.
GEOFF SANOFF: When they pushed back the start of school another two weeks, it absolutely confirmed my first instinct, which is that the Department of Education has made a decision that was just too ambitious for it to be able to pull off in any kind of, you know, comfortable way. We felt like it was going to be inevitable that the schools will probably go back and shut down. And we wanted to have the most stable-- if it's not the first choice, at least the most stable educational experience for our kids, which meant staying at home.