In-person classes in New York City have been delayed for all students at the city's public schools for the second time.
Mayor Bill de Blasio issued the delay just days ahead of the previously scheduled Monday start date. New York City's school system, which is the largest in the nation, will now begin in-person classes as late as October 1. Until then, students will be allowed to come back in phases according to grade level.
As of now, elementary schools are scheduled to reopen September 29 with high schools following on October 1. Students who are in pre-K classes and students with advanced special needs will be allowed to return to class on Monday.
"It's the hard way, but it's the right way," de Blasio said, adding that he believes the schools are not ready to reopen yet.
? In-person classes were originally supposed to begin on September 10.