Cuomo: No in-person summer school, distance learning continues

Updated: May 21, 2020 05:10 PM
Created: May 21, 2020 11:54 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) — Schools will not be open for in-person classes this summer.

Summer schooling this year will be conducted through distance learning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced during his press briefing on Thursday. 

He said the decision is due, in part, to an inflammatory syndrome that has affected 157 children in the state.

Earlier, the governor announced that New York’s schools and colleges will remain shut through the end of the academic year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the governor, it is still too soon to make a determination on the fall semester. He did say that the state will issue guidelines in June so that schools and colleges will be able to plan accordingly. Schools will be expected to submit their plans for the fall to the state in July.

This news comes as more information is being made available on MIS-C, the illness related to COVID-19 that is infecting children.

As of Thursday, the governor said the State Department of Health is now investigating 157 of potential cases. Now, 25 states and Washington D.C. are reporting cases of the illness. Additionally, he said the number of countries reporting cases is now at 13 - almost double from the seven countries reported last week.

Most sleep-over camps have already been canceled. As for summer day camps, the governor said if the camps can prepare guidelines and the DOH believes they can do camps safely, there is the possibility they could happen. 

Cuomo said he's not ready to make the call as the governor, but as a parent, he knows what he would do.

"I want to send my children to day camp," Cuomo said. "Should I send my children to day camp, is it safe? Until we have this answer on this pediatric syndrome, as a parent, until I know how widespread this is, I would not send my children to day camp."

However, the governor also said that until we have more information on the illness, he would not send his children to day camps.

In New York state, 105 people have died from the coronavirus in the last 24 hours. Of those deaths, 27 of them were in nursing homes.

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