NEW YORK — Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday announced schools will fully reopen this fall with no remote option for the city's one million public school students.
The news may come as a shock to many parents who have kept their kids on remote learning for more than a year, even with COVID-19 cases falling.
This school year, 60% of students have been learning remotely.
Appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe", Mayor de Blasio said the decision to return to in-person learning is the result of "plummeting" coronavirus cases and rising vaccine rates.
"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," De Blasio said.
The mayor says he expects the CDC will update guidelines before the first day of school that will further relax restrictions to allow students and teachers to safely return to the classroom.
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