Gov. Cuomo: All NY schools to reopen for full in-person learning in September

The governor made the announcement based on the current COVID-19 trajectory.

News 12 Staff

May 24, 2021, 7:46 PM

Updated 1,115 days ago

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that all New York state schools will reopen for full in-person learning in September.
The governor made the announcement based on the current COVID-19 trajectory.
Children younger than 12 are currently ineligible for any COVID-19 vaccine.
The governor did not say what recommendations he may make about safety measures inside schools.
White Plains Schools Superintendent Joseph Ricca says nearly the entire school district has returned to in-person learning – with safety precautions in place. Ricca said the district was already planning for everyone to be back for the next school year.
"I anticipate that we will see more mitigation loosening and ramping back down as we get into next academic year. And again, that's all with the advent of vaccination," Ricca said.
The New York State United Teachers president says the union supports full-time in-person learning and will look out for guidance on district plans to make this happen by September.
"Our children lost so much as COVID struck our state. A year of socialization, a year of memories, and even more," the governor said in a statement. "While teachers and school administrators did an incredible job pivoting to remote learning with virtually zero notice, there's no denying the discrimination students who did not have the right equipment faced. With the way our COVID numbers are currently trending, there is no reason why our students should not get back to in-person learning as usual and we look forward to welcoming them back. If there is a change in the trajectory of the virus, we will revisit the decision."
MORE: Video of the announcement is available on YouTube here 


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