The reviews are in: Distance learning is “boring”.
And it is also “strange”, the students told Mayor Bill de Blasio and Education Department Director Richard Carranza during their visit to Bronx Middle School on Thursday.
The honor of the Hijoner and his schools was emphatic when he visited school leaders yesterday to partially reopen the middle school buildings in the Borough.
It was the first time thousands of city children had entered their classes in months.
De Blasio and Caranaja Elbow bumped and greeted staff and students during the morning before heading into the building to assess the first day.
In his daily briefing, de Blasio said that the students were relieved to restore a part of their former routine.
One of the children called distance learning “boring”, and the other “strange”, de Blasio said with a smile.
“He needed to be with his friends,” de Blasio said.
“He needed to be with his teachers. To get heat. To get energy. ”
Carranza echoed de Blasio, and stated that the current weekly coronavirus infection rate in schools was a minimum of 0.58 percent.
“We can really say that the safest indoor spaces in New York City are in the classrooms of the New York City Department of Education,” Karanja later said.
De Blasio said that 1,200 city schools were now hosting some classroom activity.
But despite reopening on Thursday, 70 percent of the city’s children are still learning completely remotely.
With the cases of climbing left and vaccinations, de Blasio was asked if the city would give parents one more chance to enroll in a blended learning format.
De Blasio responded that officials are watching for a “twist” that would trigger such a move – but that the city is not there yet.
The city’s high schools are still closed and officials have not yet released a timetable for their revival.
In addition to the oddity of politicians’ arrival, students at Leaders of Tomorrow enjoy a welcome return as usual, they told The Post on Thursday.
“We regularly did the work we usually do online.”
“It was just happy because everyone loves being in school in person. Hopefully the rest of the year will be the same. We have friends and online you can’t really talk to them. In person, you can talk, Can make jokes. “
Jada Johnson, the seventh grader of 12 years, said remote instruction was inadequate.
“It’s a lot better in-person than online,” she said.
“You get a lot of help in one person. Online you have a whole bunch more things to worry about. It is better when your teachers are there and can really help you. “