More than 100 migrant children poured into a Hell’s Kitchen elementary school — class sizes grew to 38 students, The Post has learned.
The children – between 100 and 120 – were among the wave of asylum seekers pouring into the Big Apple, including buses from Texas, some of whom were staying at a nearby animal shelter.
PS 111 on West 53rd Street typically has class sizes of 25 to 30. As classes filled with new arrivals, the school eventually sent 15 of the children to nearby PS 51, where they were enrolled in “bilingual transition classes,” according to a PS 111 -Insider.
The transition program offers classes in Spanish for half the year and then gradually in English.
PS 111 further defused the crisis by establishing its own bilingual transitional class of 15 students. About 75 more students stayed in regular classes with one hour of English classes per day. Her parents were offered a choice as to which approach to take.
“Some parents just said, ‘I don’t want them to speak Spanish. I want them to learn English now,” the staffer said.
The sudden influx has prompted concerns about ongoing overcrowding and how teachers will deal with it – and also how the new students are faring.
“The only thing I’m concerned about is that the classrooms are so much bigger that there isn’t really time for one-on-one conversations with the kids,” said a PS 111 mother. “It’s just unfortunate that they’re all here and haven’t been separated; there are so many other public schools.”
Another mother said her son – a third grader – told her, “Teachers have a hard time because a lot of kids don’t speak English.”
A migrant from Venezuela, Escarlet Simancas, said her two sons are transferring from PS 111 to another school, where classes are held in English and Spanish.
“Right now it’s a bit difficult for them because they only speak a little bit of English, mostly Spanish,” she said.
Another PS 111 mother remarked “It was tough” for the newcomers.
“The[migrant]kids weren’t dressed properly for the weather,” she said, adding that she and her husband began fundraising clothing donations for the families staying at the Skyline Hotel on 10th Avenue.
At PS 51 on West 44th Street, mother Valda Daseviciute, 38, said her son Oliver’s fourth grade had two extra students.
“The classes are big,” says Daseviciute, who also has a daughter in the school’s kindergarten. “Two kids isn’t much, but we don’t know the future.”
Aga Sydor, 44, whose son Leo is in fourth grade, said the two immigrant students in his class are “very nice kids but they don’t speak a word of English so we know the teachers need to share the attention and help them in some way. “
Almost 16,000 migrants have entered the Big Apple since May, according to a City Hall estimate.
The Department of Education said it couldn’t provide figures on how many have enrolled in city schools because it doesn’t ask for country of origin or immigration status.
But School Chancellor David Banks has instructed school leaders to identify the migrants and provide them with a range of city services if needed.
The DOE recently announced a new partnership with the Dominican Republic to hire 25 bilingual teachers this school year.
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