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NEW YORK — School may be out for the summer, but Mayor Bill de Blasio committed Thursday to reopening schools in the fall.

City public schools closed in the middle of March as health care workers battled to squash the coronavirus outbreak. There will be precautions when classrooms reopen including required face coverings, social distancing, deep cleanings and hand washing stations.

“We’re full steam ahead for September,” de Blasio said. “The goal of course to have the maximum number of kids in our schools as we begin schools.”

The mayor making the announcement Thursday morning, saying details are still being worked out, adding NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza is meeting with principals to see how each school will operate this fall.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Andrew Cuomo said de Blasio isn’t the one who will make the decision on schools.

“The state law governing schools and business closings or openings has been in effect since the pandemic first started and all such decisions are made by state government and not local government,” she said. “Of course the state consults with local stakeholders and when it comes to opening schools in New York City we will consult with parents, teachers, health officials and local elected officials – but the Governor has said any determination is premature at this point and we will need to see how the virus develops.”

She said Cuomo “will make the determination” once the state has more information.

For now, New York City officials have worked on multiple plans and contingencies with teachers, principals and parents. He noted education officials are predicting issues, especially at schools that were already dealing with overcrowding. Classes will be staggered at those schools.

“Each school will have a number that is the maximum number of kids that can be in that school with social distancing using every conceivable space in that school,” he said.

But a survey found most parents want their kids back in school.

Based on responses from more than 450,000 families, 75 percent of parents want their children back in school in September, de Blasio said.

“We are doing the work right now to make September successful, to make the new school year successful,” he said.

In the meantime, the first instructional day for elementary, middle, and high school students for summer school begins Monday.

It applies to students in grades 3–8 who were not promoted in June, students in grades 9 thru 12 who need to re-take a course, and, students with special needs who need all year academic support.

School may be out for the summer but Equana Cobb and her 7-year-old daughter Zuri LeGrande are already thinking ahead to the start of the school year.

“I miss seeing my friends and having my teachers there,” said Zuri. “When I’m at school, it’s like my friends and teachers are my family.”

Mother and daughter have had to adapt to remote leaning, from their Harlem home.

Zuri will be entering 3rd grade. Cobb is not only a parent, she’s also a first grade teacher at a New York City public school. She be working full-time in the fall.

“I think that’s what all mothers are struggling with right now, how are we going to get the childcare who’s going to watch our children when it’s time to go into work,” said Cobb. “The alternate schedule in my opinion just won’t work because the working moms that are out here are trying to figure out our life throughout the week.”

Blended learning is a possibility in the reopening plans. A mix of at home and in class instruction – staggered schedules to limit the number of students in schools with less space.

Public schools have been closed since mid March. The city’s 1.1 million students have had to adjust to remote learning. Parents are concerned about safety.

“What is going to be the measures are they going to take your temperature every day and I just think mentally they’ve (students) been through so much trauma as it is,” said Cobb. “Some of my concerns are students being around other children that have been exposed to COVID, maybe through a family member.”