Andrew Cuomo said on Friday that schools in New York State may reopen this fall if certain criteria are met. Cuomo’s statement shows how far New York, once the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S., which killed more than 32,000 residents of the state, has come to fight the deadly virus.
The governor said the school districts will be allowed to resume classes in areas where the average positive test score is below 5%.
Most of the state of New York, including New York City, has fluctuated around 1% in recent weeks.
Cuomo said that decisions will ultimately be made by local authorities and individual schools. These plans are also subject to state approval.
New York City, the largest school district in the United States with more than 1.1 million students and 1,800 public schools, is considering reopening schools using a hybrid model. This will allow children to spend one to three days a week in the classroom and the rest of their time studying online. The final decision on reopening of schools has not yet been made.
Few school districts in the U.S. plan to start the school year on a full-time basis. On Wednesday, the mayor of Chicago announced that the city has abandoned the hybrid plan, confirming that all students will study remotely.