A majority of the City Council including Speaker Robert Johnson have now signed Education Committee Chair Mark Treyger's letter to Chancellor Meisha Porter seeking a remote option for the fall for NYC public schools.
The key part:
With growing uncertainties of the Delta variant and as we wait for a vaccine to be developed and approved for distribution to children 12 years old and under, we cannot force parents to send their children into the classroom. I urge the Department of Education (DOE) to offer a remote option in the fall for kids who are not of vaccination age and also for immunocompromised students.
Pressure is also building from teachers and parents as the petition that we helped create that calls for a remote option in NYC schools, mandated vaccines, and other demands for a safe reopening has now surpassed 5,000 signatures at change.org.
In addition, we now have a medical doctor supporting the petition's demands.
Finally,Bloomberg of all places, has an article on the remote option.
Parents speak out:
It is creating, in my opinion, an inflexible system that denies, inhibits or limits participation by parents and the community,” said Tom Sheppard who represents the presidents of the city’s 32 local Community Education Councils. “For me, that is unacceptable.” Sheppard said thousands of parents have signed petitions pleading for a remote option in the event the virus spreads to their children’s schools.
Jennifer Goddard, a Sheepshead Bay mother of a 9-year-old son with asthma, and an overactive immune disorder, called the back to school plan “unimaginably cruel.” Her son, who’s been hospitalized with the flu in the past, enrolled virtually last year and thrived academically. “You are willing to send him back into a dangerous situation and leaving parents like me no alternative but to choose between his education or his life,” Goddard said.