Some 140K NYC students had no contact with their schools Thursday

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Roughly 140,000 New York City kids had no contact with their schools on the first day of systemwide remote learning on Thursday, according to Department of Education statistics.

The DOE said virtual attendance for the nation’s largest school system of roughly 1.1 million kids was 87.9 percent.

A total of 94 schools failed to report any remote attendance information for the day.

Officials have stressed that many remote absences might be attributable to the lack of a device or reliable internet service, especially for homeless and low-income kids.

New York City schools switched to a fully remote format Wednesday after the city hit a 3 percent infection rate threshold that triggered building closures.

That move suspended the blended learning format that had kids alternate between home and classroom learning.

While the daily attendance percentage presented by the DOE has hovered around 88 percent since schools opened in September, vast gaps in data have made it difficult to gauge the true scope of absenteeism amid coronavirus upheaval.

Hundreds of schools routinely failed to provide attendance records for in-person learners. Some of those were closed due to COVID cases while did not not offer building instruction that particular day, according to the DOE.

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But with every student now on a single format and less missing information, the number of absent kids has come into clearer focus.

Each school is allowed to define what qualifies as a present student during remote learning and standards vary wildly.

Some teachers have told The Post that they are allowed to mark a student as engaged if they respond to a text message during the day while other principals have instituted far more rigorous requirements.

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