Mix of joy and confusion as school doors open for youngest in N.Y.C. (subscription)

By: | September 21, 2020

The mix of joy, confusion and hope was felt throughout New York City, on a first day of school unlike any other for the nation’s largest school district.

The vast majority of the city’s 1.1 million students started the school year online and will have the option of returning to classrooms over the next few weeks. But up to 90,000 children in pre-K as well as students with advanced disabilities streamed into about 700 school buildings for the start of in-person classes. The city’s roughly 1,400 school buildings have sat largely empty for six months, after the city abruptly closed classrooms in mid-March to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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