De Blasio: NYC schools to reopen 'all in-person, no remote' in September

De Blasio: NYC schools to reopen 'all in-person, no remote' in September
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New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioOn The Money: Biden asks Congress to extend eviction ban with days until expiration | Economic growth rose to 6.5 percent annual rate in second quarter De Blasio supports restaurant owner's New York vaccine mandate The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - A huge win for Biden, centrist senators MORE (D) said Monday that schools in the nation's largest district would fully reopen for full-time in-person learning this fall. 

"It's good news," de Blasio said during an appearance on MSNBC'S "Morning Joe." "New York City public schools, 1 million kids, will be back in their classroom in September, all in-person, no remote." 

High schools in the city reopened in March for the first time since last November for students and parents who opted for in-person instruction. Schools were initially shuttered more than a year ago, then briefly and partially reopened and shut down again last November amid a rise in coronavirus cases. 


The mayor's decision to close schools last November while bars and restaurants remained partially open sparked criticism at the time, with some critics pointing to unclear guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on school reopening. 

The city has recently lifted most capacity limits on businesses and federal health officials have rescinded mask wearing guidelines for fully vaccinated Americans. 

"We're going to be back, strong, ready safe," de Blasio said Monday, adding the coronavirus is "plummeting" in New York City. 

Earlier this month, The New York Times reported about 55 percent of adults in the city had received at least one coronavirus vaccine dose, with 41 percent having been fully vaccinated.