New York City public schools were set to return to in-person learning later this month amid the coronavirus pandemic, but New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says those plans have since been delayed, according to Newsday.
Due to safety concerns, middle school and high school students will delay their return to the classrooms until October.
The phased reopening of in-person learning will begin on Monday, September 21 with preschool and special education classrooms before kindergarten through eighth-grade schools reopen on Tuesday, September 29.
“It’s the hard way, but it’s the right way,” de Blasio said.
It marks the second time that in-person learning has been delayed amid the coronavirus pandemic. The plan was initially for students to return on September 10.
The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).
The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.
While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 6.38 million confirmed cases and 191,000 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.