Some education advocates are calling on New York City to do more to provide a
remote learning backup plan in cases coronavirus infection rates continue to
rise. 

This comes as
recent data from the American Academy of Pediatrics has shown a growth in the
number of children testing positive for COVID-19 across the nation.

Mayor Bill de
Blasio announced in May that full in-person learning will be the plan for this
school year.

Councilmember Mark Treyger, however, says that New York City needs to also have
a remote plan in place. “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail,” Treyger says. “…We still do not have a
remote option for children in the school system and the key word here is option
because I do support in-person instruction.” 

The former
teacher and current chairperson of the education committee says he gets
questions from principals, teachers and parents all the time regarding vaccines
and quarantines.

Jennifer Azarow, a middle school teacher and parent, says
2020 demonstrated that teachers have been quick to adapt when necessary.

“I feel like everything is ready,” Azarow says. “I mean if you think about it
the entire school system went fully remote in a matter of weeks.”

A spokesperson for the Department of Education
said in a statement in part: “The past 18 months have put a stark spotlight on
how nothing can replace a loving, caring in-person educator and our health and
safety measures have made our buildings some of the safest places to be during
the pandemic.”

There is no word on whether there will be a remote option. 

News 12 reached out to the United Federation of Teachers for its stance and is
waiting to hear back. 

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