Governor Says Parents, Teachers Need Assurance Before Schools Reopen

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ALBANY — New York State’s Governor says that parents and teachers need to feel comfortable so that schools can successfully open this fall.

On Friday, local districts were required to submit their reopening plans to the state with initial decisions on the plans expected to be announced by state leaders this week.

However, Governor Andrew Cuomo stressed Sunday that there needs to be a “full conversation” that answers parents’ questions about reopening safely.

“If the parents don’t feel comfortable, they’re not going to send their children,” Cuomo told reporters during a telephone briefing. “And we’ll accomplish nothing if we open the schools, but a significant number of parents decide to keep their children home.”

Similarly, Cuomo said “no one wants to force teachers against their will to work.”

Cuomo highlighted the need for better remote learning and proper COVID-19 testing capacity. He stressed the need for fast turnaround times for results, which has been a problem around the country.

New York has contained the virus recently even as it surges in other parts of the country. The state recorded three new deaths on Saturday and 556 people hospitalized, a decrease of 25 patients from the previous day.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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