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New York schools will remain closed through the end of the academic year

School is out for the summer.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Friday that schools would not reopen for the remainder of the academic year.

Colleges and K-12 institutions were all covered in his blanket closure. While no decision was made on summer school, Cuomo wants districts to begin planning for fall reopening, and work through the ways they will keep students safe.

“We must protect our children. Every parent and citizen feels that,” he said during the briefing.

Schools have been closed since mid-March, and meal programs have been running to keep students fed who might not otherwise have access to food due to the shutdown and economic stress caused by the pandemic.

Distance learning will also continue through the end of the academic year.

Another piece of uncertainty: The continue funding issue for schools. If the federal government does not respond with significant funds – to the tune of $15 billion – major cuts in services like education will be necessary.

Officials at local school districts aren’t sure how this will play out.