Cuomo: Initial school decision next week, but districts should plan for reopening

Andrew Hyman
Updated: August 01, 2020 06:16 PM
Created: August 01, 2020 05:51 PM

ROCHESTER N.Y. (WHEC) – Governor Cuomo says an initial decision on school reopening should come next week, but he’s instructing districts to plan on reopening.

Districts had until Friday to submit their plans, though Cuomo says the New York City area was late to the deadline.


A full list of local plans can be found here

On a conference call with reporters Saturday, Cuomo stressed it’s the responsibility of districts to ensure parent comfortability, with a focus on parent choice. This includes addressing concerns from how to handle online learning, to how to address virus testing for students.

“The discussion basically assumes if the schools open all of the parents send their children back to school, that is not the case," said Cuomo.

He added districts should be ready for some families to simply keep their kids home.

“It’s not flicking a switch, it's like all these decisions, it's more complicated than we often think,” Cuomo said. “You can say ok school reopens, if the parents are not comfortable the children will not be sent."

Cuomo says they'll monitor the overall infection rate before they make the initial decision.

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