Today, Governor Cuomo announced the state’s criteria for regional school reopenings.

  • Schools will open if the region is in Phase IV and the daily infection rate remains below 5% or lower using a 14-day average since PAUSE was lifted

  • The State will decide if the region has met these criteria the week of August 1-7

  • Schools will close if the regional infection rate is greater than 9% using 7-day average after the August 1st determination has been made

A dashboard showing regional infection rates can be found here.

The Governor’s Reimagine Education Advisory Council guiding principals state that flexible plans must be developed and in-classroom instruction must be prioritized, among other principles. In addition, the New York State Department of Health released school guidelines today. We will provide more information on these documents or provide links as soon as they are available.

Earlier today, the New York State Board of Regents reviewed the State Education Department’s reopening guidance, including a timeline for schools to submit reopening plans for approval. It is our understanding that the State Education Department’s guidance and the Governor’s guidance are complementary; regional infection rates will affect decisions regarding region-wide reopening while NYSED’s guidance impacts school-specific decisions.  Schools should plan to submit reopening plans for approval within the following timeline:

Timeline for Guidance and Submission of Plans to the State Education Department

  • 7/15: Guidance will be officially released

  • 7/17: The SED Portal for submission of plans will open

  • 7/31: Submission Deadline

More information about the State Education Department’s guidance can be found here and here.  Later today, a recording of the Regents’ meeting, along with our summary of SED’s reopening guidance will be posted here.

During our weekly Tuesday webinar, we will discuss this newly released guidance and the submission of reopening plans.

To join the July 14, 4 pm webinar, use the information below:

As this situation is rapidly evolving, we encourage you to review the resources available on our COVID-19 Resources page.