NEW YORK (PIX11) — Mayor Eric Adams is celebrating the first week of New York City’s Summer Rising program Friday morning by teaming up with students and teachers on the Lower East Side.

Summer Rising is a free program administered by the City’s Department of Youth and Community Development and the city’s Department of Education. It connects 110,000 elementary and middle school students to fun, culturally relevant, hands-on experiences to strengthen their academic, social and emotional skills. The program, which combines traditional summer school and free camp activities, started on Tuesday.

Schools Chancellor David Banks said it’s an opportunity for students to get beyond their classrooms’ four walls and experience all the city has to offer. Adams said the program turns the city into a classroom while helping to address the learning gap brought upon by COVID-19.

But, according to the Daily News, parents are still stuck on waitlists or confused about how to register. The Council of School Supervisors and Administrators (CSA) weighed in on this issue.

“As always, our school leaders have gone above and beyond this week to keep students safe and provide them with quality learning experiences despite the challenges of this ambitious program,” Craig DiFolco, CSA’s communications director, told PIX11 News. “We’re hopeful that any outstanding issues will be resolved in the coming days.”

According to the New York Post, the Department of Education sent out a three-page memo Sunday night with new information about logistics, such as bus dismissal and the digital curriculum. The last-minute planning infuriated principals, the Post reported.

Last year, the city also ran into problems. PIX11 reported on the program denying students with additional needs. Then-Mayor Bill de Blasio addressed the concerns, saying all kids were welcome to participate.