ITHACA, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Thursday that summer school will not happen in-person this summer and that it is still too early to make determination schools and colleges reopening for the fall.
Continuing to call attention to an inflammatory disease that has been found across the country and globe that has been linked to COVID-19. The governor urged caution in reopening educational institutions.
“Summer school is not going to open statewide for in-class teaching, it will be through distance learning. Meal programs and child care services for essential employees will continue,” Cuomo said. “In terms of opening up schools for the fall, it’s still too early to make that determination. We want to get more information on this inflammatory syndrome. We also want to see how the development for a treatment or vaccine proceeds.”
The New York State Department of Health is investigating 157 cases of the disease. Cases have been reported in 25 states and the District of Columbia, as well as 13 countries — predominantly in school-aged children.
“Until we have this answer on this pediatric syndrome, as a parent, until I know how widespread this is, I would not send my children to day camp. And if I won’t send my children to day camp, I wouldn’t ask anybody else to send their children to day camp. It’s that simple.”
The state is working on guidelines for districts to develop plans for a fall reopening. According to Cuomo, state guidance on those plans, which districts and colleges will use to create their reopening plans, should be available by June with plans being submitted by institutions in July.
“The state will approve those plans or not approve those plans in July, all in preparation for an opening in September,” said Cuomo. “But again, we don’t want to make that decision until we have more facts.”
Kevin P. Coughlin for the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo