Good Question: What districts make the cut to reopen?

Brennan Somers
Updated: July 23, 2020 06:56 AM
Created: July 23, 2020 04:26 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Today's Good Question is about getting the green light to reopen.

As it stands now, it's not really “if” our local schools will open in the fall but rather “how.”

That’s based on the numbers.

A viewer named Kathy asked News10NBC’s Brennan Somers about them: What data is Governor Cuomo using to determine a region's daily infection rate for determining whether schools open or close? Where can parents and other stakeholders view the regional data that the governor is using?

All that information comes from testing sites reported to the state. There's a dashboard at New York Forward that gets updated day by day.

Here's the bottom line: if the daily infection rate in the region stays below 5% on a 14-day rolling average, schools can reopen. Then it's the districts’ responsibility to have the right plans in place and approved for that to become a reality.

The region has actually done pretty well with the infection rate. It hasn't topped 5% since May.

The threshold does change once regions reopen schools.

If cases spike, think of this as an alert zone. If the infection rate rises above 9%, based on a 7-day average, while kids are going to school, the state will shut them down again.

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