In-person classes are not expected to begin again anytime soon – de Blasio has said he doesn’t want to “disrupt” the lives of children, parents and teachers by switching back and forth between open and closed every few days as the seven-day positivity average fluctuates.

After repeated delays, New York was the first big city to open for in-person classes. However, the three-percent cutoff has forced parents to check Covid-19 statistics on a daily basis, as citywide figures have crept toward that threshold, leaving families, teachers and administrators alike fraught with anxiety due to the uncertainty of the situation.



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