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Decision on NY schools reopening to be made by Aug. 7, Cuomo says

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Posted at 12:17 PM, Jul 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-08 18:26:17-04

NEW YORK — New York state is expected to make a decision on whether or not districts can reopen their schools next month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday.

"We will open the schools if it is safe to open the schools,” Cuomo said. "Nobody wants to open schools more than I do.”

The state is expected to make the decision at any time between Aug. 1 and Aug. 7.

"We want to make that decision with the best available data. The facts here change day to day, week to week,” he said.

The state is currently consulting with all stakeholders on guidance on reopening schools.

The state is expected to finalize guidance on July 13, and the districts have until July 31 to submit plans.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza unveiled a plan on Wednesday for reopening schools, which includes the implementation of blended learning, which involves in-person and remote learning.

"I understand there is a drop dead date where you have to make a decision by a certain date, but wait until that date to make a decision, because the facts may change," Cuomo said.

The governor was also asked about Pres. Donald Trump's recent threat to withhold federal money if schools don’t reopen in the fall.

Cuomo criticized Trump, "This is getting a little old, as far as I'm concerned."

"School reopenings are a state decision, period. That is the law," he added.