New York City's summer school program kicked off Tuesday. For the first time, it isn't reserved for students with classes to make up but open anyone who wants to attend.
According to officials, more than 200,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade have signed up at 800 schools across the city. The free program will serve a mix of students who are required to attend summer school and those who are choosing to.
“You’ve got a lot of kids who did not attend in person instruction during the school year,” Mayor de Blasio said while greeting parents and kids at P.S. 6 in Brooklyn on Tuesday. “A lot of the parents wanted the kids to come back in for the summer to get acclimated and get connected again, restart their learning.”