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Will schools reopen in September? Here's when to expect an answer

Governor Cuomo irons out plans for the state.

Danielle Valente

The remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year—including summer school—will be held virtually. But many parents are thinking ahead to autumn.  

If you find yourself wondering if schools will reopen in September, you're going to have to wait for the answer a bit longer—at least until July. According to Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York State will begin issuing guidelines for schools and colleges in June so that each institution can prepare for a variety of scenarios. Subsequently, schools will need to submit their plans in July. 

"We don't want to make that decision until we have more facts," the governor said during his daily press conference on May 21. "As the facts keep changing, prudence dictates that you don't make a decision until it's timely so you have the most recent facts."

These plans will focus on reducing density and keeping students safe once they're back in the buildings. Currently, all options are on the table for NYC schools, according to the DOE's press secretary Miranda Barbot. This includes the continuation of remote learning or possibly allowing students to attend school on alternate days. 

We'll be sure to update you as soon as we receive an answer from the Governor. In the meantime, keep up-to-date on our camp news to see how your favorite programs are making adjustments.  

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