No Talking During Lunch, Daily Symptom Reporting: Inside NYC’s New In-Person School Year

No Talking During Lunch, Daily Symptom Reporting: Inside NYC’s New In-Person School Year


Students in New York City’s public schools return to 100% in-person learning for the first time since schools became remote-only in March 2020. But as multiple parents and outlets report, in-person does not mean a return to normal, and may end up harming students just as much as remote learning did.

Karol Markowicz, a New York Post columnist with children in NYC’s public schools, reported the harsh restrictions kids face in the new school year.

“My daughter’s Manhattan middle school won’t be using lockers this year. My sons’ Brooklyn elementary school has let us know that water fountains will remain closed. No group projects, no field trips, no parties. Outdoor recess will be masked and distanced. Forget tag or sports,” Markowicz wrote.

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She pointed to a health guide from New York’s Education Department, which suggested schools cancel sports, theater, clubs, and all music-related activities because children might breathe too much during them.

“Due to increased exhalation that occurs during physical activity, some sports

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