DOE demands that parents who choose classroom learning send kids to class

The Department of Education put out a message to parents — get your kids to class.

School leaders made the demand Tuesday to families whose children are enrolled in blended learning during the COVID-19 outbreak but aren’t actually showing up for the part-time, in-school education program.

“Our schools cannot continue to hold spots for students who aren’t showing up because teachers, resources, and classrooms aren’t being used to their full potential,” said DOE spokesperson Katie O’Hanlon Tuesday.

The DOE had earlier said that only 283,000 city students out of the roughly 500,000 enrolled in blended learning have made it to school at least once this year, the DOE said.

Rather than trek to class, the rest are just staying home and logging on remotely.

Parents can currently switch their kids from the remote only to the blended model if they make the move by November 15.

“Beginning Monday, November 30, in order to best serve all children in their desired mode of learning, we want to make sure that the expectation is clear: if you are in blended learning, your school expects that you will attend school in-person,” O’Hanlon said.

Chaotic attendance patterns, DOE officials said, are complicating operations.

City Hall has stressed that infection rates in schools have been minimal and that in-person learning is safe.

“The first six weeks of school have shown promising results: we’re the largest school district to bring students back in-person, and so far, we’ve seen a 0.17 percent positivity rate through random testing,” O’Hanlon said.

But recent spikes in citywide COVID-19 rates — including a 2.88 percent clip on Tuesday — may give some parents pause.

Mayor de Blasio has said that schools would shutter completely if the city hits a citywide infection rate of 3 percent infection rate over a rolling seven-day average.

That figure was 2.2 percent on Tuesday.

Depending on their size and enrollments breakdowns, kids in blended learning normally go to school between one and three times per week.

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