8/7/20 update: Hudson Valley schools have the OK to open for the fall semester, since all regions are below the COVID-19 infection limit. Districts must submit plans to New York State for reopening approval. Schools must post remote learning and testing/tracing plans online and schedule discussions with parents, students, and teachers. Students must have masks with them at all times, and schools must provide masks for children who do not have them.
Every region is well below our COVID infection limit, therefore all school districts are authorized to open.
If the infection rate spikes, the guidance will change accordingly.
School districts are required to submit plans to NYS for review.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) August 7, 2020
At long last, Hudson Valley, a guideline to reopening schools is here.
While local colleges have already announced their plans and policies for fall semester, K-12 schools awaited approval from New York State. Now, they have it. Twenty-three pages of it, to be exact.
In an extensive document released on Monday, July 13, the New York State Department of Health unveiled its interim guidance for in-person instruction. In order to reopen, all BOCES, charter, private, and public schools must submit an affirmation that they have read and understand this guidance. In addition, they must prepare and submit plans detailing how they will reopen and operate safely by July 31. Plans should address how districts will address in-person instruction, monitor health, contain potential transmission, and close facilities to in-person instruction if need be.
The state will decide on official reopening dates for schools at the beginning of August. Until then, here’s what they – and you – need to know about the dos and don’ts of reopening in the region.
Schools in Phase 4 regions can reopen as long as the area’s daily infection rate remains below five percent, according to the 14-day average.
They must close if the infection rate surpasses nine percent during the seven-day average after August 1.
For more information or to read the full interim guidance on New York State schools and reopening, visit this page.