The number of families opting out of classroom learning jumped by 40,000 in the past week — with Hispanic families accounting for the highest number of those choosing the format, according to new Department of Education data.
Latino kids, who comprise 41 percent of the overall DOE population, accounted for 37 percent of those who selected fully remote instruction.
Asians, who are 18 percent of the system, made up 28 percent of the total.
Black students, who comprise 22 percent of the nation’s largest school system, accounted for 20 percent of those who chose full-time distance learning, according to the DOE.
White city kids, who are 16 percent of the DOE population, were 12 percent of the remote-only total.
The DOE also reported that the percentage of distance learning requests hiked from 26 to 30 percent in the span of one week.
As of Friday, 304,880 kids will not be back in their school buildings — up from roughly 264,000 last week.
The updated number of students who will return is now 697,008 — down from 736,000 last week, according to the DOE.
City Hall will launch a blended learning model next month with kids alternating between home and classroom learning for those who choose the format.
Depending on their school’s model, those kids will be in class one to three times each week.
Parents who want to opt out of that hybrid instruction model can do so at any time and their number is expected to rise in the coming weeks.
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