Schools for special-needs students allowed to reopen this summer
Schools for special-needs students will be allowed to reopen this summer in New York state.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order Friday after a petition started by a Westchester couple garnered nearly 30,000 signatures.
Kristy Piacente says her son's condition means he cannot speak, walk or even crawl, but that attending school for special-needs children has done wonders.
Parents say online learning doesn't work for special-needs children, who do better with in-person lessons and therapy. Piacente says her son, Anthony, has regressed like many others.
It's a reason some parents say that despite concerns of coronavirus, they want their kids back in school.
School districts have the option to opt in, but they must follow state and federal health guidelines that include social distancing and the use of face coverings.
Few details about the executive order have been released, including whether special-education classes can resume in-person this fall. There is also no information on programs for adults with special needs.
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