Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he won’t decide the fate of New York’s schools until early August, despite mounting pressure to do so. He made the announcement Wednesday roughly an hour after Mayor Bill de Blasio revealed a preliminary fall reopening plan for New York City schools that involves a hybrid approach of both in-person and remote learning and intense COVID safety precautions.
While de Blasio has repeatedly said in no uncertain terms that New York City schools will reopen in some fashion in September, he acknowledges it’s ultimately Cuomo’s call. The governor has steadfastly refused to commit to them reopening at all for in-person learning in the fall, citing still prolific unknowns around the virus. Much could change — for better or worse — by September.
“We will open the schools if it is safe to reopen the schools. Everyone wants the schools to be open,” Cuomo said. “I’m not going to ask anyone to put their child in a situation that I wouldn’t put my child in. That’s how I make these decisions.”