Cuomo says all schools authorized to reopen

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 7 August 2020 at 11:59 am

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says all public school districts in the state are authorized to reopen in the fall because all 10 regions of the state are well below the state’s Covid-infection limit.

The governor said schools wouldn’t reopen if the infection rate reached a 5 percent positive rate in tests for Covid-19. The state has been averaging about a 1 percent positive test rate. That is fairly consistent among all 10 regions. Orleans County is in the Finger Lakes Region. The test results show a positive rate of 1.1 percent on Monday, 0.5 percent on Tuesday and 0.7 percent on Wednesday.

If the rate jumps to 9 percent during the school year, Cuomo said schools would likely be closed.

“If the infection rate spikes, the guidance will change accordingly,” Cuomo said in a Tweet. “School districts are required to submit plans to NYS for review.”

As schools reopen, Cuomo said the state is requiring all school districts to:

1) Post their remote learning plans and their testing/tracing plans online

2) Set dates for 3-5 discussion sessions with parents and community (prior to Aug. 21)

3) Have at least one separate discussion with teachers alone

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