New York City schools will delay in-person instruction for a second time, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday, after complaints from teachers over classrooms being unsafe and understaffed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The nation’s largest school district offered its 1 million students the option of fully-remote learning or a hybrid of some in-person instruction and remote learning. In-person instruction was scheduled to begin on Monday.

Mr. de Blasio said at a news conference that in-person instruction will instead phase in, with the youngest students returning to classrooms first. Preschool children will start on Monday, with children in K through fifth grade and K through eighth schools starting on Sept. 29. High-school students and students in middle schools serving grades six through eight will begin on Oct. 1.

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