Updated: July 13, 2020 03:01 PM
Created: July 13, 2020 04:52 AM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — After months of speculating what schools will look like if they reopen, the New York State Department of Education offered a glimpse of the guidance it would give to schools reopening this fall.
The framework which the department presented to the Board of Regents, includes requiring schools to conduct health checks and develop plans to maximize social distancing.
Schools will have to create a schedule that includes a combination of in-person instruction and remote learning. Students and staff will be required to wear face coverings, and state educators say they will review school cleaning and disinfecting procedures and much more.
"It is not a book of mandates," Board of Regents Vice-Chancellor T. Andrew Brown said. "It's a helpful tool. It's guidance. It allows for leeway and flexibility. I think it will be an enormous benefit to schools and districts."
The full state guidance will be presented to schools on Wednesday.
Each district must submit reopening plans to the state by July 31.
Click here to view the framework presented to the Board of Regents.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he'll announce a decision on whether schools can reopen by the first week of August.
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