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Cuomo says all NY school districts can reopen, but must get specific plans approved by state

Original article by: Daily News · Aug 7, 2020


Gov. Cuomo gave the green light to reopen every New York state school district this fall — if they first earn passing grades from the state Health and Education departments.

“We are probably in the best situation in the country right now,” Cuomo said in a Friday conference call with reporters. “If anybody can open schools, we can open schools and that’s true for every region in the state.”

The gubernatorial go-ahead still requires approval of each district’s specific plans from state Health and Education officials before students return to class for the first time since schools were mandated by executive order to close by March 18. The other caveat for the September openings, a positive coronavirus test rate below 5% in their region, was met statewide as of Friday.

While each district will enjoy wide discretion on setting up reopening plans, Cuomo acknowledged he was already “deluged” with calls from anxious parents and teachers skeptical of whether schools can pull off a safe reopening.

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