Parents still left with questions following governor's green light to have in-person classes

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday gave the green light for students to head back to the classroom, but there are still a lot of questions that need answering before the first day of school.

News 12 Staff

Aug 7, 2020, 7:39 PM

Updated 1,381 days ago

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday gave the green light for students to head back to the classroom, but there are still a lot of questions that need answering before the first day of school.
All school districts were required to submit reopening plans to the state for approval, but Cuomo says even after those plans are approved, districts will also be required to have three discussion sessions with parents about their reopening plans. Those discussions must be held between now and Aug. 21.
Jamie Idi, a parent in the Ossining School District, also serves on its reopening committee, which is made up of parents from the district. She says the school district has been in communication with parents as they put together their reopening plan and they actually just revised that plan earlier this week after feedback from the parents and the committee.
The new plan now includes virtual learning in addition to hybrid learning.
"We've learned from the experiences we've had during COVID that remote learning can be quite unequal, given the demographics and given the circumstances," said Cuomo. "So I'm going to ask the school districts to post their remote learning plan on how they're going to do remote learning, to the extent they are."
Cuomo is also requiring all school districts to post their plans for testing and contact tracing students and teachers.


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