Cuomo: Parents, teachers must be part of school reopening discussions

Published: Aug. 3, 2020 at 6:23 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2020 at 6:07 PM EDT
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ALBANY, N.Y. (WCAX) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says it's important to have parents and teachers as part of the back to school discussion.

School districts needed to submit their reopening plans by last Friday.

Many schools in the North Country came up with three plans-- one for in-person, one for remote and one for a hybrid model.

Monday, the governor said it's up to parents and teachers if they will want to go back and that should be factored into the schools' decisions.

Cuomo says a COVID-19 strategy is key to the reopening plans, too, including how many tests would be administered at the school, how fast results are expected to come back and how the district would handle a positive case.

“You need the parents to be comfortable. You need the teachers to be comfortable. You need the children to show up at school. There is going to have to be a discussion, you look at some of these plans and they are indecipherable. Even if you can understand the plan, they raise questions. Parents are going to need to talk it through,” said Cuomo, D-New York.

The governor says it’s up to each district to make a plan for each school. He says the state is reviewing the plans and he will decide this week if schools will have the option to offer in-person learning.

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