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Cuomo: School districts can reopen in the fall, must implement their plans and work with parents and teachers

The entire state has been well under that threshold all summer, but Cuomo had also recently stressed that, even if he allowed schools to reopen, it wouldn’t work if parents and teachers aren’t sure they are safe.

News 12 Staff

Aug 7, 2020, 2:11 PM

Updated 1,383 days ago


  • Gov. Cuomo says all New York school districts have authorization to reopen. Districts must implement their plans and work with parents, according to the governor.
  • The governor says schools should post remote learning plans, have a clear plan for COVID-19 testing for students and teachers, and have a plan for contact tracing that is easily accessible to parents. 
  • Gov. Cuomo says schools should also hold at least three listening sessions for parents before school begins in the fall. Big districts should hold five sessions. 
  • A separate discussion should be held for just teachers. 
  • Gov. Cuomo: If the school's plan is not approved by the state, the school can't open.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday that he would allow children statewide to return to classrooms for the start of the new school year, citing the state's success in battling the coronavirus pandemic.
"We must find a common way forward if we hope to move on safely and appropriately from this catastrophe. That must also include a statewide plan to assist all our districts and schools with purchasing Personal Protective Equipment and technology. The safety of our children and educators must be of utmost priority."

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