School districts must make plan by end of month before state decides about in-person classes

School districts have until the end of the month to come up with a plan for the fall - before the state decides whether in-person classes can begin.

News 12 Staff

Jul 8, 2020, 9:22 PM

Updated 1,412 days ago

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School districts have until the end of the month to come up with a plan for the fall - before the state decides whether in-person classes can begin.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday the state will give school districts final guidance on reopening schools by July 13. Districts will then have until July 31 to submit their plans. 
A final decision on reopening will be made by the first week of August.Samantha Rosado-Ciriello says the Yonkers Federation of Teachers doesn't have a position on whether Yonkers Public Schools should resume remote learning or bring kids back into the classroom, but if the latter is approved the union wants the fifth largest district in the state to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This includes:
-Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces
-Requiring cloth face coverings on school buses
-Spacing desks at least 6 feet apart
President Donald Trump called the guidelines tough, expensive and impractical.
There is no official reopening plan decided in Yonkers. The district's superintendent says they've been in talks with stakeholders since May and are exploring three possible scenarios, including:
-School buildings open and business as usual
-School buildings open with social distancing
-School buildings do not open
How to resume classes in the fall is not the only challenge Yonkers faces. The city made made major budget cuts to the district this summer, which have already led to layoffs.
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