School starts for NYC kids amid new vaccine rules

14 September 2021
2021-09-14 10:42

School started Monday for about a million New York City public school students in the nation's largest experiment of in-person learning during the coronavirus pandemic.

The first day of school coincided with several milestones in the city's pandemic recovery that hinge on vaccine mandates. Masks will be required for all students and staff members, as is the case in schools across New York state.

There is no vaccine mandate for students 12 and over who are eligible for inoculations, but vaccinations will be required to participate in contact sports. Under the school system's coronavirus protocols, if there is a positive case in an elementary school classroom, students in the class will receive remote instruction while quarantining for 10 days. In middle schools and high schools, only unvaccinated students will quarantine.

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