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A Chaotic, Down-to-the-Wire Start of School in New York Serves as a Harbinger for Other Cities

In the neighborhood of East New York, elementary school Principal Janet Huger-Johnson, who grew up there, aims to make her school a sanctuary, a place where kids might be able to forget for a moment that they are living through a pandemic.

In the neighborhood of East New York, elementary school Principal Janet Huger-Johnson, who grew up there, aims to make her school a sanctuary, a place where kids might be able to forget for a moment that they are living through a pandemic.

So Tuesday, the day tens of thousands elementary school students were to be welcomed back across New York City, she donned a pair of colorful sneakers and a polo shirt with East New York Elementary School of Excellence emblazoned on it. It was also personalized with her own slogan: "It's Huger Time."

NEW YORK — In the neighborhood of East New York, elementary school Principal Janet Huger-Johnson, who grew up there, aims to make her school a sanctuary, a place where kids might be able to forget for a moment that they are living through a pandemic.

So Tuesday, the day tens [...]



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