Crowded NYC schools experiment with new schedules, spaces and furniture arrangements to keep 3 feet of distance

Crowded New York City schools are pulling out all the stops to keep 3 feet of space between students when full in-person classes in just over a week.

At Francis Lewis High School in Queens, long one of the city’s most overcrowded as student enrollment hovers at roughly 200% of the building’s capacity, administrators have devised a complex plan to extend the school day and reduce the density of students.

Classes will begin for some students as early as 7:15 a.m., nearly an hour earlier than the school used to open, and will end close to 5:00 p.m., about an hour later than in past years. The school day will consist of 14 class periods instead of 10, and students will weave in and out of the building in roughly six separate, overlapping shifts, according to principal David Marmour.

Crowded New York City schools are pulling out all the stops to keep 3 feet of space between students when full in-person classes in just over a week.

At Francis Lewis High School in Queens, long one of the city’s most overcrowded as student enrollment hovers at roughly 200% of […]

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