What the 15 biggest US school districts are planning for reopening


Of the 15 biggest school districts in the country, only one is offering schools the option of in-person instruction, and 10 of them have opted to begin the school year with online learning only.

Three have opted for a hybrid: New York City, Chicago and Hawaii Public Schools.

Hillsborough County, Florida, the eighth-biggest district in the country, will announce its decision August 3. Its school board previously rejected a plan for virtual learning for the first nine weeks of school.

Here’s how the other large school districts, as of Thursday, are planning to reopen while grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Hybrid models

In New York City schools, those that are part of the hybrid model “will be taught on-site in school for part of the week, and will attend school remotely on the other days of the week,” according to the education department’s website.

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