Cuomo: ‘Initial decision’ on NY schools reopening coming this week

Henrietta Brewer
August 3, 2020

"If the parents don't feel comfortable, they're not going to send their children", he said.

Although the almost 700 districts submitted plans to the state Education Department last week, that doesn't necessarily mean teachers and children will be returning to classrooms this fall.

Parents have a lot of questions, and Cuomo said he encourages all schools to set up virtual discussion groups to answer questions from parents and make them part of the process.

Most did, Cuomo said, adding that about 650 to 700 districts have complied so far. Traditionally, New York state public schools open just after Labor Day, which is five weeks away.

New York City, the nation's largest school district, missed the deadline, Cuomo said today.

He said 36 of those establishments were not in compliance with state coronavirus rules, including: 5 in the Bronx; 10 in Manhattan; 18 in Queens; 1 in Staten Island; and 2 in Suffolk. Some are bringing students into the classroom a couple of times a week.

District officials sent out a remote learning plan to families as students prepare to learn from home starting Tuesday, August 18th. Now the district is shifting its focus to teachers and determining the number needed to accommodate each learning model. It also said students who did not choose a learning model, should expect to be contacted by their schools this week to make a selection.

New York City's submitted plans for reopening schools is more of an outline than an in-depth plan, one of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's advisers said Sunday.

"The parents need to review the plan, understand the plan and they have to have confidence in the plan", Cuomo said.

Now comes the next step of getting your kids safely back to school.

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