NEW YORK - The holiday break is over for city students and many of them will be returning for in-person learning Monday, but more than a hundred school buildings are closed over positive cases of coronavirus.
Kids spent nearly two weeks out for Christmas and New Year.
This comes after the city shut down schools twice last year over rising positivity rates.
Back to school for #NYC Public School kids - more than 100 school buildings closed to in-person learning because of #COVID19 - here’s a Dad and Son from PS 122 in #Astoria #Queens - which is open - headed in today @NY1 #schoolsreopening pic.twitter.com/iva3S68ESg— Roger Clark (@RogerClark41) January 4, 2021
Pre-K, 3-K, K through 5 and District 75 special needs programs students will be returning to school buildings for in-person learning.
PS 122 in Astoria is one of the schools that welcomed students back Monday morning.
NY1 spoke with one father and son who say despite safety concerns, they're glad to be going back to the classroom.
"I believe it's good for the kids to come back to school in person, because they have to leave the house. It's not the same as - they've been doing good at home but it's not the same as doing in-person school, so we prefer to be here," said the father.
"I learn better in real school, but it's much more harder because I can't really breathe through this mask. So it's kind of a lose-lose," said the student.
Meanwhile, the city still hasn't discussed a plan for students in middle and high schools to return to the classroom.
The Department of Education released all known cases of COVID-19 at New York City public schools Sunday.
So far, there are 169 confirmed cases - 32 are students and 137 are staff.
For an updated list of closed buildings, visit schools.nyc.gov.