New York Government Cuomo says all school districts across the state are authorized to reopen


Joint morgue bags and coffins are seen near the entrance to the United Federation of Teachers as a symbol of students dead from coronovirus disease (COVID-19) as people march and rally during schools reopening during National Resistance Day Participate in New York City, US, August 3, 2020.

Eduardo Munoz | Reuters

Andrew Cuomo of the New York government announced Friday that all school districts across the state have been authorized to reopen for the fall semester, including New York City, to keep individual schools safe for children and employees. The plans are awaiting approval from the Health Department.

“You look at our infection rate, we are probably in the best position in the country at the moment,” Kumo told reporters on a conference call. “If anyone can open a school, we can open a school. And this is true for every region in the state period.”

Cuomo said there are 749 districts that have to submit plans to the New York State Department of Health about how they plan to protect children and staff while attending classes in person.

He said that 127 districts have not submitted plans and there are 50 schemes which are either incomplete or lacking. Cuomo said how schools are going to test for students and teachers especially “a high level of concern.”

Kyomo said he was “misled” by parents and teachers calling again about schools, “an important cause for concern and concern.” Schools are required to establish a minimum of three education sessions with parents through their schemes.

“Our school guidance has been seen as the smartest in the country,” he said. “But we have been successful because we have been smart and we have to remain smart.”

The matter of what and how to reopen schools in the US has become an issue in recent weeks. New York State, once an outbreak of coronavirus in the US, now has one of the lowest rates of new cases in the nation.

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