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Here's what it will take to open New York schools this September

Governor Cuomo shares the data-driven plan.

Written by
Danielle Valente

It's only July, but New Yorkers can't stop thinking about September and what it will look like for their children. 

On July 8, Mayor Bill de Blasio revealed that NYC Schools will implement a mix of remote and in-person learning for the 2020-2021 academic year. As he outlined what this new norm would likely entail, he said, "Things can change along the way." 

And it looks like changes aren't out of the realm of possibilities—but science will make that determination. On July 13, Governor Cuomo released a data-driven formula that will decide whether or not schools in New York will reopen. 

According to his press briefing, if a region is in Phase 4 and the daily infection rate remains below 5 percent (14-day average) schools can open. If a regional infection rate is greater than 9 percent (seven-day average) after August 1, schools will not be allowed to reopen. According to the Governor, this formula determination will take place during the first week of August. Then, schools will be following state guidelines about how to safely reopen.  

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