Updated: July 20, 2021 06:12 PM
Created: July 20, 2021 05:15 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Monroe County Council of School Superintendents (MCCOSS) is asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo for clear guidance for reopening schools in the fall and making its own suggestions.
News10NBC obtained a copy of the letter sent by the council to the governor that is dated July 16.
The council, which represents more than 20 school districts, made the following suggestions for reopening guidelines:
In the letter, MCCOSS says as superintendents, its members need guidance as soon as possible in order to put reopening plans in place and communicate them to families and staff.
Last week, MCCOSS president Bo Wright spoke to News10NBC Investigative Reporter Jennifer Lewke about the difficulties superintendents are running into while trying to plan to reopen schools without knowing what New York State's guidelines will be.
The state keeps telling News10NBC it's still working on the guidance so Tuesday, we asked some of our lawmakers if they're putting the pressure on.
"I am looking forward to our children returning to school in September," Assemblymember Demond Meeks (D-Rochester) said. "We know that the digital learning our virtual learning doesn't work for a lot of our children and we look forward to the opportunity to get our children back into the classroom. And as government, we have to do everything in our power to ensure that there's no barriers."
"We really have to have local control and local input on any sort of guidance when it comes down in the Department of Health at the state level," Assemblymember Josh Jensen (R-Greece) said.
News10NBC will continue to check in with the New York State Department of Health about guidelines for schools reopening.
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