Cuomo: Returning to full in-person learning in the fall would be safe

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says it would be safe to get kids back into the classroom if COVID-19 remains on its current trajectory.

News 12 Staff

May 24, 2021, 9:29 PM

Updated 1,064 days ago

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In light of Mayor Bill de Blasio's announcement that city schools will reopen at 100% capacity with no remote option in the fall, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says it would be safe to get kids back into the classroom if COVID-19 remains on its current trajectory.
South Huntington School Superintendent David Bennardo is retiring at the end of the school year, but says he thinks most students should go back to the classroom in September. He says remote learning can put lower income children at a disadvantage and prevent all students from developing important life skills.
"There is some value in getting up and taking a shower on a day you might not want to," says Bennardo. "There's some value in having lunch with your friends. There's some value in navigating music class, physical education class."
Cuomo says the final policy decision will be made by the state.
"If you ask me today by the current trajectory that we are on I think there's no reason why every school shouldn't be open in September," says Cuomo.
Melville dad Jim Imhof says remote learning has been difficult for his kids and hopes for a better school year in the fall.


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