New York schools to stay closed
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday schools statewide will remain closed through the end of the school year because of the Covid-19 pandemic that has infected more than 310,000 people in New York and killed 24,000.
“We must protect our students,” Cuomo said.
“Our present actions will determine the future trajectory. It is that clear. It is cause and effect,” he said. “What you do today will determine the number that are sick tomorrow.”
His announcement ended more than six weeks of speculation about the future of the school year.
NYSUT statement on closure of schools for remainder of academic year
New York State United Teachers President Andy Pallotta issued the following statement today regarding the closure of schools statewide for the remainder of the academic year:
“We have said all along that the health and safety of students and educators must be the primary concern during this crisis. Keeping school buildings and colleges closed for the rest of this academic year is the smart choice. We will work with Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa and state education and health officials on planning a safe and gradual re-opening. We also will continue advocating that summer school programming should be voluntary, with decisions on what is right for students made at the local level.”
New York State United Teachers is a statewide union with more than 600,000 members in education, human services and health care. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.