Parent advocacy group #keepnycschoolsopen has released the results of its survey of 400 families about in-person learning at New York City schools.
“Every day counts. We should get them back to school full time right now if we can,” said Mia Eisner-Grynberg. She is one of the organizers of the group which has been working since November. She is also a parent herself.
“We were in an unprecedented situation that required changes. That is absolutely right. But the important thing is that we are guided by science and guided by change,” said Eisner-Grynberg.
The group therefore decided to survey 400 families in grades 6 to 12 in the five boroughs about in-person learning in their schools during the 2020-2021 school year.
“Unfortunately, we have found that what families have told us anecdotally is largely the case, that in the vast majority of colleges and high schools, at least those we interviewed which are 125 schools in the five districts, almost all time Students do some distance learning. Only 10% of the schools we surveyed receive full-time, all-day, live instruction from a teacher every day of the week, “said Eisner -Grynberg.
New 12 contacted the New York City Department of Education about this survey and said, “All of our schools have been open since March, and this week we announced that we will once again be welcoming all of our students and our staff for a full opening this fall. without remote option. We are ending this school year with a bang, while preparing for our Summer Rising program which will be a gateway to fall. “
When asked about the department’s response, Eisner-Grynberg said he was not doing enough for the students.
“Of course we welcome this announcement. It’s just that we are not very convinced that it is correct because there has been no accountability,” she said.
Eisner-Grynberg said the group would continue until school returned to normal.