Cuomo: “I Don’t Know” If Kids Are Going Back to School in September
As parts of New York start to slowly reopen, Governor Cuomo says he isn't sure if New York kids will be headed back to school in September.
Earlier this week, Dr. Fauci, the nation's top immunologist, testified via video conference in front of senators and said he thinks most schools should not allow students to return for the fall semester. Then, later this week, the University of California system announced they would continue online instruction through the fall semester for all students.
Following Governor Cuomo's briefing on Wednesday, a reporter referenced the California announcement, asking the Governor whether he would consider the same for New York schools.
The Governor pointed out the situation is changing so quickly, as new information becomes available and scientists gain a better understanding of the virus.
"Where are we going to be in September? I don't know," the Governor said. "I don't know where we're going to be in August. You know, I'm trying to figure out June. I understand schools need a lead time and they need to plan."
Cuomo has previously referenced the challenges schools will face as they prepare to reopen, including plans to address cleaning, student transportation, lunchrooms, and social-distancing in buildings.
"I'm respectful of the time the schools need to actually plan, but I'm not ready to say what we should be doing in September on schools," Cuomo said.
Cuomo has already said he'd like to see a "reimagining" of New York's education system, and has engaged Bill Gates and the Gates Foundation to help guide the discussion, drawing criticism from some parents, teachers, and education advocates.
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