All schools and colleges in New York state will remain closed for the rest of the academic year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a news conference on Friday.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who recently released a ‘Bad News’ about COVID-19,‘ has now shown his nerve to announce about the reopening of schools in the wake of pandemic.
Distance learning will continue. The end of May will decide on allowing students in the buildings for summer school programming of May, Cuomo said Friday at a press briefing in Albany. “We must protect our children,” the governor said. “Every parent, every citizen feels that.”
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A school that wishes to reopen sometime after the end of the current academic year would need to have its plan to do so approved by the state, Cuomo said. The state, which has more than 4 million students at public and private schools and colleges, switched to distance learning in mid-March.
Cuomo’s announcement Friday comes after an apparent disagreement between him and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio last month. De Blasio announced on the morning of April 11 that New York City schools would remain closed the rest of the year.” He didn’t close them, and he can’t reopen,” the governor said at the time, adding that he wanted to coordinate such a decision with surrounding school districts in New York state, and hopefully also with neighboring states.
While he didn’t provide a timeline for the state’s education system reopening in the fall or later, he did say that schools, including colleges, should begin forming plans on how they expect to open their doors safely.