ALBANY- Schools can open in the fall, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Friday.
“By our infection rates, all school districts can open everywhere in the state. Every region is below the threshold that we established, which is great news,” Cuomo said.
Schools across the state shifted to remote learning this spring because of the coronavirus. For the last few months school districts have been working on reopening plans.
More than 700 school districts in the state were required to submit their reopening plans to the NYS Department of Health and the Education Department by the end of July.
According to Cuomo, the plans will need to be approved before the schools can reopen.
He went on to say that schools will be required to host three virtual parent forums before August 21. They will also need to address remote learning equity and the specifics of COVID-19 testing and contact tracing.
“Again, we are going to watch the infection rate between now and the day that schools open. If there’s a spike in the infection rate, if there’s a matter of concern in the infection rate then we can revisit it. But for planning purposes, they can reopen,” Cuomo said.