NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Eric Adams is considering allowing the nation’s largest school district to return to some form of virtual instruction as the city weathers a wave of coronavirus cases. That would be a reversal from his pledge a week ago to keep children in schools. Adams said at a news conference Thursday that he still believes the safest place for children to be is in school but that there are a substantial number of children missing classes. The mayor says the city will not see a dispute like in Chicago, where the nation’s third-largest school district canceled five days of classes because of disagreements with the teachers’ union over COVID-19 safety protocols.
Photo: FILE — Students wearing masks board a school bus outside New Explorations into Science, Technology and Math school, in the Lower East Side neighborhood of New York, Dec. 21, 2021. In a reversal, New York Mayor Eric Adams is considering a remote option for schools. (AP Photo/Brittainy Newman, File)