NEW YORK — As many New Yorkers question whether or not schools will reopen to students in the fall, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said no decision has been made yet.
Despite no decision made, the state has directed all districts to devise a plan on how to reopen, the governor said Monday.
“We want kids back in school for a number of reasons,” Cuomo said.
New York City and 700 other school districts are currently designing a plan on what schools will look like if they are given the green light to reopen.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said he is committed to reopening schools in September.
The city’s mayor said the goal is to “have the maximum number of kids in our schools as we begin schools.”
Following the mayor’s statement, Cuomo later said de Blasio doesn’t make the final decision on schools.
The governor said the state will make the decision based on data.
“When we get the data, we’ll make the decision,” the governor said.
The state’s Department of Health has also been consulting with the Reimagine Council, drafting guidance so students, parents and educators can prepare for all possibilities for the fall.
Schools closed in the middle of March as health care workers battled to squash the coronavirus outbreak.
The state has made great progress in its attempt the mitigate the spread of the virus.
As of Monday morning, a total of 397,131 people had tested positive for COVID-19 in New York, with the state’s death toll at 24,904.