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Cuomo: Infection rates will determine school reopenings

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New York school districts await a decision this week by the state on whether or not they can reopen doors to students for at least some in-person instruction in the Fall.

Governor Cuomo said this weekend most will be able to do so, adding it will based largely on infection rates.

“We’re going to make a decision this week, an initial decision,” Cuomo said. “If at this point, schools should plan on reopening and then we’ll watch to see what happens with the infection rate. But one of the big variables here is going to be the parents’ comfort level.”

Cuomo said the current discussions on reopening plans are under the assumption that all parents send their children back to schools if they do reopen – that likely wouldn’t be the case.

Saturday’s Meet Cortland County segment on WXHC featured Cortland and Homer School superintendents Robert Edwards and Thomas Turck for a local reopening discussion. (listen here)

Both submitted their plans on Friday, as did officials from more than 700 districts from across the state. Many have issued family commitment surveys to gauge how many do plan on sending their kids back to school.

Preliminary determinations on each district’s plan are expected to be announced by this Friday (August 7).

This weekend marked five months since the first confirmed COVID-19 case in New York.

Currently, less than 1% of diagnostic tests statewide are currently returning positive.


(Click here to be directed to WXHC’s local school district reopenings page)

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