Throughout New York State school buildings will remain closed this summer and districts will need to develop plans for reopening in the fall.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has decided that there will be no in-class summer school due to COVID-19. Instead summer students will be expected to participate in distance learning.
Cuomo justified his decision stating that if students were allowed to attend class they would have to next to other students.
“They’re on buses, they’re in classrooms. How do you reduce density in a classroom? How do you reduce density in a cafeteria, on a school bus, et cetera?”
According to the Governor schools will be given guidance on what planning and actions they should take if they wish to open their doors in September.
“Again, we don’t want to make that decision until we have more facts,” Cuomo said. “As the facts keep changing, prudence dictates that you don’t make a decision until it’s timely so you have the most recent facts to make a decision.”