Governor Cuomo Announces that New York Schools are Permitted to Reopen in the Fall

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Friday, August 7 that New York State schools can open in the Fall. The Governor gives school districts the decision-making authority as to how they will reopen—whether that be in person, remote, or a hybrid model of instruction. Additionally, school districts must:
• Comply with the Department of Health guidelines;
• Post their remote learning and testing and tracing plans online;
• Have 3 to 5 public meetings prior to August 21 with parents (parents may participate remotely);
• Have 1 meeting with teachers to review the district’s reopening plan.
Many local school districts have posted their preliminary reopening plans for the 2020-2021 academic school year. Publicly available school reopening plans and information can be found here:
Chenango Forks:
Chenango Valley:
Johnson City:
Susquehanna Valley:
The Attorneys at Levene Gouldin & Thompson, LLP are available to provide advice and counsel concerning matters related to COVID-19.

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