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New York Schools Will Remain Closed Through End of Academic Year: Cuomo

Governor Cuomo announced that all schools in the state will remain closed for the remainder of the academic year (Darren McGee/ Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)

May 1, 2020 By Allie Griffin

All New York school and college buildings will remain closed through the end of the academic year, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today.

Cuomo made the announcement weeks after Mayor Bill de Blasio said New York City public schools will stay closed through the end of the term.

The two lawmakers have butted heads over the issue of who has the authority to close and reopen schools since the coronavirus pandemic took hold of New York City.

Cuomo said the mayor didn’t have the authority to keep city school facilities shuttered hours after de Blasio made the call on April 11.

“He didn’t close them, and he can’t open them,” Cuomo said at the time.

De Blasio held his ground and said all schools must remain closed for the safety of students and teachers. Cuomo finally agreed.

“We’re going to have the schools remained closed for the rest of the year,” Cuomo said at an Albany press briefing today. “We’re going to continue the distance learning programs.”

Cuomo added that he’ll decide if summer school will be in-person or online by the end of the month.

Catholic schools within New York City, including Brooklyn and Queens, will also remain closed under Cuomo’s order.

“We just learned of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s decision that all elementary and secondary schools shall remain closed for the duration of the current 2019-2020 school year, as New York continues efforts to prevent the spread of Coronavirus,” Dr. Thomas Chadzutko, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Brooklyn, said in a statement.

“As such, the Catholic academies and parish schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn, which includes Queens, will remain closed through the end of June.”

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Damaris

What adult education(GED)program, when will it be open. My needs to get her diploma.

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Captain Obvious

To reduce exposure, reduce the time spent inside the school, either have a half day or every other day.
The clock is ticking and they need to come up with a good idea .

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Stew Gotts.

Questions to ask :
How can you have social distancing in a over crowded school system &
How can you maintain and insure a clean & healthy environment for both students and staff members ?
all you need is 1 person that is infected ( not even showing symptoms )

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Lori Kastamonitis

What about the graduation class of 2020 perhaps they can do something in July or early August on the football field and only allow the parents so they will be much room for distancing these kids all works very hard to get where they are today and I feel that each school that has a graduating class should do it on their football field outdoors allowing only the parents This would all give ample space for distancing please get back to me thank you

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