Jennifer Clayton enrolled her son, Robbie, in a private Catholic school this fall so he could attend first grade in-person.

NYC public schools, which historically offer a lot: in many schools, strong academic instruction, true urban, inclusive communities, and the chance to go to school with your neighbors or with other bright kids, are sadly suffering due to Covid. Many public school parents are disappointed in current instruction, inadequate and aging facilities, and the lack of plan for specialized school admission. Some fear schools won’t just bounce back, as big earners desert the city.

Jessica Dickler of CNBC writes, Families jump to private schools as coronavirus drags on:

As the pandemic drags on through the fall, more families are seeking out schools that are fully in-person rather than remote — and, for many, that means switching to an independent institution, despite the cost.

“My phone is ringing off the hook with New York City public school families applying to private middle and high school,” said Emily Glickman, the president of Abacus Guide Educational Consulting in New York.

“I’ve never seen anything like it in terms of people calling me this late into the fall,” she said. “There’s an explosion of families looking to make a last-minute change.”

While many wealthy private school families have decamped to Florida, Aspen or Scarsdale, they are being replaced by NYC public school transplants. I think the middle schools and high schools will have a record year with public school applicants given my own call patterns.