NYC schools chancellor: 60,000 students still without proper devices for remote learning
The switch to fully remote learning on Thursday does not come as a shock to parents and teachers, but they are worried whether or not all kids are prepared.
Schools Chancellor Richard Caranzza says there are 60,000 students still without the proper devices needed to learn at home.
"Schools have prepared paper packets and different kinds of assignments to bridge the time gap between a student that needs a device and student that gets a device," says Caranzza.
Mayor Bill de Blasio the school closures Wednesday amid the rising number of COVID-19 cases. At least 300,000 students will be learning from home until at least Thanksgiving.
"Parents work, parents have to find babysitting, many parents are still without devices," says parent advocate Angela Torres. "This is something that really needed a little more planning and a little more time."
Parents, teachers and officials say the rate of transmission is low in schools compared to the city wide average. Over the past month, the city reported 2,306 cases among students and staff compared to the past seven days in the city where there were 7,790 cases.
Assemblymember Karinas Reyes says in-person learning is important.
"There is no supplement for in-person learning, but the lack of devices puts bigger challenges for our students and it also puts a burden on parents because now you have to sit down with the students and make sure they are doing these packets," says Reyes.
Chancellor Carranza says tens of thousands of devices have arrived or will arrive by the end of the week.