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Remote learning sign-ups rise in NYC schools and you can opt in at any time

Thinking about making a switch?

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Danielle Valente
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Update: The week of Oct 26, the NYC DOE revealed that 26 percent of of students in NYC schools have attended class in-person thus far. 

After Governor Andrew Cuomo gave permission for schools in New York to reopen, Mayor Bill de Blasio revealed that nearly 75 percent of NYC students will participate in the blended learning model. Meanwhile, the remaining 26 percent will start the year in the remote-only curriculum. 

However, since that announcement one week ago, the total number of remote learning sign-ups has risen. As of this week, over 304,000 students have requested the remote-only option (up from 267,000 from last week). The original 700,000+ that opted for the blended learning model has trickled down to 697,000. 

Numbers are likely to keep changing: NYC families, at any time of the year and for any reason, have the option to switch into a remote-only curriculum. All they need to do is take the Learning Preferences Survey or call 311 to make the change. Before doing so, note that the switch back into the blended learning model isn't as seamless: According to the NYC DOE, if you choose fully remote learning, you will have the option to change back to blended learning at a few specific times during the school year beginning in November.

Have questions? Make sure to sign up for the DOE's virtual information session on Aug 27, the last one before the start of the new term (which still remains up in the air). 

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