State sets rules for reopening schools

Schools in New York State are to reopen based on data, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Monday.

The state is divided into 10 regions; each is going through four phases of reopening, based on metrics.

Schools in Phase 4 regions, like the Capital District, will be able to reopen if daily infection rates remain below 5 percent, using a 14-day average.

Schools will close if regional infection rates rise over 9 percent after Aug. 1, using a seven-day average.

New York State will make the formula determination during the week of Aug. 1 to 7.

“Everybody wants to reopen schools, but you only reopen if it’s safe to reopen, and that’s determined by the data ...,” Cuomo said in making the announcement. “If you don't have the virus under control, then you can’t reopen. We're not going to use our children as the litmus test and we’re not going to put our children in a place where their health is endangered. It’s that simple.”

New York’s more than 700 school districts have been tasked with submitting by July 31 plans for reopening that meet state guidelines.

The New York State Board of Regents, which governs education in the state, met Monday to finalize those guidelines, which were released Monday afternoon.

— Melissa Hale-Spencer


More Regional News

  • The rubric of vaccination rates being lower in rural areas holds in Albany County as well, according to the state’s tracker, reported by ZIP code.

    As of Tuesday night, for people getting at least one shot, Coeymans Hollow has a rate of 47.5 percent; South Bethlehem, 58.1 percent; and Medusa, 68.3 percent. Clarksville and Berne were in the seventies while Preston Hollow and Westerlo were in the eighties.

    Meanwhile, Delmar, Slingerlands, Guilderland Center, Voorheesville and Altamont ZIP codes all have populations in which more than 99 percent have received a vaccination.

  • “This is an opportunity in this post-pandemic world to let people know, get the skills, go into apprenticeship programs, get trained,” said Governor Kathy Hochul, speaking from the county’s airport on Monday enroute to the White House for the signing of the infrastructure bill. “There’s jobs waiting for you to help rebuild this great state after we were knocked down so far.”

  • “We enter Thanksgiving week and yes, as Americans, we are thankful. We’re thankful to live in this great country and to live in this state. But with that gratitude comes a sense of responsibility to others….,” said Governor Kathy Hochul as she signed a bill on Saturday making the Nourish New York program permanent. “This war against poverty is going to continue until no child goes to bed in the State of New York with a hungry stomach, never again in our state.”

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