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NYS set to issue guidance on schools today

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High schools and colleges across New York will know more today about if and how they’ll be allowed to proceed with reopening their campuses to students in the Fall.

The State Education Department is set to meet with the Board of Regents and deliver a preliminary framework that will be further developed over the coming weeks as COVID-19 wares on.

New York State recorded no deaths yesterday for the first time since the pandemic hit, but other states around the country are seeing spikes in new cases, hospitalizations and fatalities.

Many schools in Central New York and elsewhere in the state have already released preliminary plans to combine online and in-person learning, using enhanced safety measures and sending students home early for Thanksgiving.

“New York State continues to move forward combatting COVID-19 with its phased, data-driven reopening in the face of alarming increases in cases throughout the country and in the nationwide death rate,” Governor Cuomo said during an update yesterday. “What’s happening elsewhere in the United States is very concerning to us here at home, and our ability to avoid the same fate rests on New Yorkers’ willingness to wear masks, socially distance and wash their hands, and local governments’ willingness to enforce state guidelines.”

Cuomo said the DOH is closely monitoring an uptick in cases in Rensselaer County, several of whom tested positive after traveling back to New York from Georgia.

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