UPDATE MAY 1: During his daily briefing on Friday, May 1, Governor Andrew Cuomo said New York state schools will remain closed until the end of the academic year and remote learning will continue.
#BREAKING: Given the current situation, K-12 schools and college facilities will remain closed for the rest of the academic year and will continue to provide distance learning.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) May 1, 2020
This is the best course of action to keep students, educators and staff safe.
On April 11, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Richard A. Carranza announced that New York City Schools will continue remote learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year; students will not physically return to school.
NEWS: @NYCMayor de Blasio and @DOEChancellor Carranza have announced that New York City public school buildings will not reopen for instruction this school year. @NYCschools students will continue with Remote Learning for the rest of the 2019-20 school year. pic.twitter.com/zhXNtkJUVc— NYC Public Schools (@NYCSchools) April 11, 2020
"Everything we are doing is to protect our children, our families, to help end the pain and the trauma," the mayor said in a press conference.
The announcement came after an initial plan to close schools through April 29. However, after Mayor Bill de Blasio's announcement, Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a press conference that the mayor does not have the authority to make the decision. Governor Cuomo, who extended New York on PAUSE until May 15, will be coordinating this effort and take neighboring districts into account, according to NBC News.
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