Gov. Cuomo says New York schools are "authorized to open" amid coronavirus pandemic

by Bryan Brammer · Aug 7th, 2020 1:39 pm

Last Updated Aug 10th, 2020 at 2:15 am

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that schools across all regions of the state are "authorized to open" in the fall for the 2020 school year.

Cuomo said last month that schools are only allowed to resume in-person instruction once a region has entered its "Phase Four" of reopening. The daily infection rate in that region must remain at 5% or lower over a 14-day average.

The New York governor also warned that if an infection rate exceeds 9% over a seven-day average before the first day of school, the decision to reopen would likely be reversed.

Classrooms will only include between nine and 12 students and schools will be actively working on additional models to determine if some students need more in-person learning than others.


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