NYS State Releases Criteria For Whether Or Not WNY Schools Can Reopen
Governor Andrew Cuomo held a Monday morning press conference and gave an update on the COVID-19 pandemic, but also made an important announcement in regards to schools reopening.
According to Governor Cuomo, schools CAN reopen if the New York State region is in Phase 4 and the daily infection rate is 5 percent or lower, using a 14-day average per WIVB.
However, if the region's infection rate rises over 9 percent (on a 7-day average), after August 1st, then schools must close for at least 14 days.
Once a region meets that formula, then school districts must meet/adhere to state guidelines once they do reopen.
"It's purely on the numbers, purely on the science," Cuomo said.
Some of the safety guidelines from NYS include:
- Students and faculty wear a mask when social distancing isn't possible.
- Masks must be worn on buses and other school transportation.
- Cleaning and disinfection of school buses and other transportation.
- Temperature screening for students and faculty.
You can read more here.
A full determination of schools will be made by August 1st. New York State school districts are required to submit their reopening plans to the state this month.