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Cuomo says there’s no reason why schools cannot be reopened by fall

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says there’s no reason why all schools shouldn’t be opened by fall this year.

He’s referring to full-time, in-person learning, which some parents remain skeptical about- despite progress made in the pandemic.

“Our children lost so much as COVID struck our state. A year of socialization, a year of memories, and even more. While teachers and school administrators did an incredible job pivoting to remote learning with virtually zero notice, there’s no denying the discrimination students who did not have the right equipment faced,” Cuomo said. “With the way our COVID numbers are currently trending, there is no reason why our students should not get back to in-person learning as usual and we look forward to welcoming them back. If there is a change in the trajectory of the virus, we will revisit the decision.”

A statewide policy will be coming by fall, Cuomo added, noting that uniformity across the state would be important.

“The remote learning sounds fine, and worked fine enough for some students, some students paid a very heavy price for remote learning,” Cuomo said. “Remote learning only works if you’re in a home that has the equipment if you’re in a home that has access to the internet, if you’re in a home that has someone who can help the student with issues, but COVID discriminated, it discriminated.”