Cuomo: Several Rochester-area school districts have not submitted reopening plans

Cuomo: Several Rochester-area school districts have not submitted reopening plans Photo: News10NBC.

Updated: August 10, 2020 03:43 PM
Created: August 10, 2020 01:11 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — More than 100 school districts in New York state have not submitted reopening plans for the fall, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. 


The governor said 107 school districts still need to submit their plan for in-person learning, eight of which are in the Rochester area including Kendall, Webster, Victor, East Bloomfield, Geneva, Seneca Falls, Pal-Mac and Red Creek.

Districts who don’t submit a plan by this Friday will not be able to reopen in September, Cuomo said.

"There are 107 school districts that have not submitted their plan - for those 107 school districts, how they didn't submit a plan is beyond me," Cuomo said. "If they don't submit a plan by this Friday, they can't open."

Officials with the Victor Central School District said they submitted a reopening plan to the state on July 31.

"We received email confirmation from the State that we submitted our plan," Victor school officials said. "It is our understanding that there is no issue with the plan itself but has to do with an internal State verification system that is being rectified. 

Rich Azzopardi, senior advisor to Gov. Cuomo released the following statement in response to some districts that are on the list saying they filed plans:

"The list of districts that didn't file a plan with the state Department of Health is accurate. Despite clear guidance provided to these schools, which included a link to the DOH portal, some districts in follow-up calls said they filed with the State Education Department - which is not an executive agency - but didn't file with DOH. Others filled out an affirmation certifying that they would be abiding by the state's reopening guidance, but didn't actually submit their plan, something many of these districts are now rectifying." 

News10NBC previously reported that school leaders also have to have plans for COVID-19 testing by the end of this week. 

The state is still reviewing districts’ reopening plans, and Cuomo said any district that is not in compliance will receive a letter from the State Department of Health Monday and receive a phone call explaining which sections of their plan need to be amended. The districts will have until Friday to make those changes.

All school districts must also hold three to five public sessions with parents and teachers and post their plans for remote learning, testing and tracing on their website by Aug. 21 to comply with New York.

Click here for a list of school districts' reopening plans. 

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