State officials released initial guidance yesterday on what’s required for schools across New York to reopen this Fall.
That can only happen in districts located within Phase four regions that have daily infection rates of five percent or below, based on a 14-day average since the lifting of Governor Cuomo’s PAUSE order on May 15.
Schools will immediately be closed if the infection rate in their region rises above nine percent after August 1 on a seven-day average.
Each district is required to submit final reopening plans by July 31.
Governor Cuomo and the NYSDOH will then review and make individual determinations the first week of August.
“Everybody wants to reopen schools, but you only reopen if it’s safe to reopen, and that’s determined by the data. You don’t hold your finger up and feel the wind, you don’t have an inspiration, you don’t have a dream, you don’t have an emotion–look at the data,” Governor Cuomo said. “We test more and we have more data than any state. If you have the virus under control, reopen. If you don’t have the virus under control, then you can’t reopen. We’re not going to use our children as the litmus test and we’re not going to going to put our children in a place where their health is endangered.
Finalized guidance and principles were developed by the state’s Reimagine Education Advisory Council and Department of Health, addressing the following topics:
- Social Distancing
- Cohort Structures
- Restructuring Space to Maximize In-Class Instruction
- Food Service
- Aftercare and Extracurriculars
- Cleaning and Disinfecting