NEW YORK – New York’s Governor believes that all schools statewide should be open this September.
Governor Andrew Cuomo, speaking during a press conference Monday, explained that unless there is a “dramatic change” in the trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic, students need to get back to the classroom.
While the governor says schools are set to open for full in-person learning in September, it was not immediately clear whether parents would have the ability to opt their children out of in-person learning.
Current state rules require districts to implement policies for “individuals who may not feel comfortable returning to an in-person educational environment.”
State guidance for school districts during the 2021-22 school year has not yet been released.
Cuomo explains that the state would be setting a statewide policy soon.
“Our children lost so much as COVID struck our state. A year of socialization, a year of memories, and even more,” Governor Cuomo said. “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.”
Superintendents statewide hope to have the reopening guidance by June 4, in order to properly prepare for the fall semester.