Cuomo expected to announce New York's school reopening plan amid coronavirus pandemic

Cuomo expected to announce New York's school reopening plan amid coronavirus pandemic

Cuomo said in a separate statement that a rise in the infection rate will bring a change in state policy and that school districts are required to get plans cleared by state officials before reopening. Students who opted for full remote learning can not opt for blended learning until a date is given by officials.

Many New York school districts have planned to start the year with students in school buildings only a few days a week, while learning at home the rest of the time.

On a conference call with reporters on Friday, Cuomo said teachers and students will be required to wear masks when social distancing can not be done.

Students do not have to go back to school in-person and districts are not required to reopen for in-person instruction, the governor told reporters in the call. "However, due to the pandemic, we must follow the guidelines established by these agencies".

Health and safety reopening plans needed to be submitted by July 31 to the New York State Department of Health. That doesn't mean all schools can or must reopen-only schools in regions where the average rate of positive coronavirus tests is under 5% will be able to do so, and superintendents and local politicians can make decisions for their districts.

Gov. Cuomo says all NY school districts have authorization to reopen.

The seven-day average of daily COVID-19 deaths in NY has dropped into the single digits, and the state has been seeing fewer than 1,000 new cases of the coronavirus each day since June.

Long Island's seven-day average is now at 1.1%, and Suffolk is at 1.2%. So, I said a number of times these school districts have to be talking to the parents and talking to the teachers. "There is a significant amount of anxiety and concern".

In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio has warned that schools can reopen if the positivity rate is below three percent.

The de Blasio administration also said that they would send "schedules" to families in August so that parents "will know which days the students are expected in person".

Cuomo is asking districts to break out several commonly asked questions from their plans in order to foster better communication and trust between school districts and their communities. He said about 50 school district health plans are incomplete or deficient. "Because these plans are quite lengthy".

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. CNN notes that of the state's almost 750 school districts, 129 haven't yet submitted one.

Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza also unveiled updated school reopening plans this week, which requires teachers and students to be in masks the whole day.

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