Cuomo: We’ll reopen schools if it is safe

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WROC) — The New York State Department of Education released detailed guidance on the process of reopening schools Monday morning.

The 28-page document covers a range of topics, including:

  • Communication/Family & Community
  • Engagement
  • Health and Safety
  • Facilities
  • Child Nutrition
  • Transportation
  • Social Emotional Well-Being
  • School Schedules
  • Budget and Fiscal Matters
  • Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism
  • Technology and Connectivity
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Special Education
  • Bilingual Education and
  • World Languages
  • Staffing

School districts across New York are to submit their specific reopening plans to the state government by the end of July.

Governor Andrew Cuomo in his Monday press briefing in New York City said a decision to reopen schools will be made the first week of August based on a region’s 14-day average infection rate. If the infection rate is below 5%, schools will get the green light, however, Cuomo says the data will be monitored and if infection rates go above 9% after August 1, schools will remain closed.

According to the guidance, “New York is a large and diverse state – so there will be no ‘one size fits all’ model for reopening our schools.”

NewsChannel 9 spoke with East Syracuse Minoa Superintendent Donna DeSiato on Monday. Click the player below to watch the full interview:

Recovering, Rebuilding, and Renewing the Spirit of New York’s Schools: Reopening Guidance

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Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said to expect social distancing and masks to be part of the guidelines.

“We also have to take into consideration the age of the children,” said Hochul. “I’m sure it won’t be difficult to get high school students to wear their masks. Preschool and kindergartners, that’s another story. We are sensitive to that.”


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