Special education teacher at William Cullen Bryant High School loses morale when no students show up for in-person learning

WOODSIDE, Queens (WABC) — A special education teacher took video of his empty classroom after none of his nine students showed up for first period.

The video was taken at William Cullen Bryant High School on Thursday — the first day of in-person learning for middle school and high school students in New York City in nearly seven months.

“We’re off to a very, very rough start,” the teacher said. “My morale has dramatically decreased since I got here.”

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The teacher said more kids did show up online for remote learning.

“On a positive note, my babies are roaming the school and I get to see them for the first time in 6 months,” he wrote alongside the video.

Attendance did improve somewhat for his later classes when he had six out of eight, four out of 10, and

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