JAMESTOWN – Five area school districts have yet to submit their fall reopening plans to New York State.
Governor Andrew Cuomo says Franklinville, Portville, Salamanca, West Valley and Pine Valley schools were among 107 districts across the state that did not submit their plans by last week’s deadline.
The governor says districts that don’t submit their plans by this Friday will not be allowed to provide in-person learning this year.
He says state health officials are reviewing plans and will work with district leaders on incomplete submissions.
“How you didn’t submit a plan is beyond me,” Cuomo said in a Monday conference call with reporters.
New York originally set a July 31 deadline for the state’s roughly 700 school districts to submit reopening plans to both the state’s health and education agencies.
The state Education Department said 86 school districts, including New York City, requested one-week extensions to submit plans by last week.
Cuomo says that infection rates are low enough to allow schools to offer at least some in-person learning this fall.
But his administration’s effort to provide guidance that is both flexible and clear for school districts has proved challenging, as some teachers and school leaders are calling for the state to set uniform policies on tricky issues including the protocol for handling children who test positive for COVID-19 and potentially shuttering schools.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.