Cuomo: New York schools will remain closed for rest of school year

New York schools and colleges will remain closed and continue distance learning for the rest of the school year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says. The governor says a decision will be made soon on summer school.

News 12 Staff

May 1, 2020, 3:09 PM

Updated 1,486 days ago

Share:

Cuomo: New York schools will remain closed for rest of school year
undefined
(AP) - New York’s schools and colleges will remain shut through the end of the academic year because of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday.
The order, which applies to 4.2 million students statewide, continues a shutdown order that was set to expire May 15. Cuomo said it is simply too risky to reopen at a time when the virus is still sending nearly 1,000 people into the hospital every day.
“We must protect our children. Every parent and citizen feels that,” he said.
A decision about whether to allow summer school will be deferred until the end of May, he said. Whenever schools are allowed to reopen, each district would need to have its plan to do so approved by the state.
The state’s largest school district, in New York City, had already determined it could not reopen before the scheduled end of the school year in June.
Mayor Bill De Blasio had announced April 11 that the city would rely on remote learning through the end of the school year.
At the time, Cuomo had dismissed De Blasio’s announcement as an “opinion,” saying the governor had the power to make decisions on a statewide basis.
Schools nationwide are evaluating whether they will keep schools closed, and even continue remote learning in the fall.
BRIEFING NOTES: 
  • Cuomo says based on initial trajectory, New York avoided at least 100,000 hospitalizations. 
  • Cuomo underscores that "what we do now" will impact where the pandemic's outcome goes tomorrow.
  • The governor says 1,000 new COVID hospitalizations is still "too high" of an infection rate  and says we must drill down and be more targeted in our response.
  • The governor says he'll be speaking with hospitals today to get more specific information to have a more specific battle plan - where new cases are coming from, how they are getting infected, etc.
  • Cuomo: There were 289 deaths due to COVID-19 yesterday.
  • Given the current situation, K-12 school and college facilities will remain closed for the rest of the academic year and will continue to provide distance learning for the remainder of the academic year. There are 4.2 million students in New York state.
  •  A decision will be made soon on summer school, Cuomo says.
  • Any front line worker in need of help, mental health services can be reached at 1-844-997-2121. "There's no shame in reaching out."
  • New York is directing insurers to waive costs for mental health service for essential workers.
PHOTOS: Coronavirus heroes
undefined
PHOTOS: Countries around the world cope with COVID-19
undefined
 


More from News 12
2:05
Storm Watch: Severe storms possible with heavy rain, strong wind and hail across Hudson Valley

Storm Watch: Severe storms possible with heavy rain, strong wind and hail across Hudson Valley

0:24
Bruce Springsteen postpones 2 more shows due to vocal issues

Bruce Springsteen postpones 2 more shows due to vocal issues

0:50
Police: Woman attacked on the border of Bronx and Yonkers, suspect sought

Police: Woman attacked on the border of Bronx and Yonkers, suspect sought

2:11
Fallen heroes honored during Memorial Day ceremonies in Westchester and Rockland counties

Fallen heroes honored during Memorial Day ceremonies in Westchester and Rockland counties

Guide: 2024 Memorial Day Parades in the Hudson Valley

Guide: 2024 Memorial Day Parades in the Hudson Valley

1:44
Remember and honor: Mamaroneck Memorial Day parade pays tribute to sacrifices of veterans

Remember and honor: Mamaroneck Memorial Day parade pays tribute to sacrifices of veterans

Wennberg scores in OT, Rangers top Panthers 5-4 to take lead in East finals

Wennberg scores in OT, Rangers top Panthers 5-4 to take lead in East finals

1:41
Not forgotten: Revelers enjoy Memorial Day parade in Hastings-On-Hudson

Not forgotten: Revelers enjoy Memorial Day parade in Hastings-On-Hudson

0:27
Pedestrian and vehicle safety improvements to be considered in upcoming Greenburgh capital budget

Pedestrian and vehicle safety improvements to be considered in upcoming Greenburgh capital budget

0:39
State police: NYPD officer from Putnam Valley killed in Campbell Hall crash

State police: NYPD officer from Putnam Valley killed in Campbell Hall crash

1:37
President Biden delivers West Point commencement address

President Biden delivers West Point commencement address

1:43
Downtown Summer Sizzle Concert Series returns to New Rochelle

Downtown Summer Sizzle Concert Series returns to New Rochelle

1:54
African American history celebrated at Pinkster Festival in Sleepy Hollow

African American history celebrated at Pinkster Festival in Sleepy Hollow

2:08
Blood test that detects colon cancer close to receiving FDA approval

Blood test that detects colon cancer close to receiving FDA approval

0:47
Bake Back America volunteer from Scarsdale has art displayed at Adelphi University

Bake Back America volunteer from Scarsdale has art displayed at Adelphi University

1:39
Monsey family business targeted again over Israeli flag

Monsey family business targeted again over Israeli flag

1:39
Caribbean foods and culture highlighted at International Food Festival in Mount Vernon

Caribbean foods and culture highlighted at International Food Festival in Mount Vernon

0:34
Orangetown police: Man sought for approaching boy at Pearl River home

Orangetown police: Man sought for approaching boy at Pearl River home

0:33
Hudson Link's free weekend shuttle bus service for Cuomo Bridge bike path resumes this weekend

Hudson Link's free weekend shuttle bus service for Cuomo Bridge bike path resumes this weekend

0:28
Newburgh man sentenced to eight years behind bars for shooting

Newburgh man sentenced to eight years behind bars for shooting