Secondary schools throughout New York City reopened on Monday for in-person classes for the first time since they closed last November due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Students were seen queuing at the school premises while guards made sure COVID-19 distances were respected.
Parents expressed their eagerness in going back to some state of normalcy. “I’m happy that schools are open. I can work at home a little easier. The kids get the teaching that they need because they really have to be in front of a classroom,” said Michael Mancuso, a parent of one of the students.
Secondary school students have spent almost a third of the academic year online through virtual classes, with some 70 percent of students set to continue studying from home after they signed up for remote classes only.
Primary school students returned to classrooms in December 2020.