Today, Governor Cuomo announced he will be issuing an Executive Order extending mandatory closure for all New York state schools to May 15, 2020. In keeping with Executive Order No. 202.4, these additional days are not subject to the 180 day seat time requirement.
Additionally, this week Governor Cuomo also signed Executive Order 202.17, which requires everyone ages 2 years and older to wear a mask or cloth to cover their nose and mouth in public when not practicing socially distancing. Finally, the U.S. Department of Education has announced that states can now apply for the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief funding which was included in the CARES Act program. New York is eligible for $164 million, which Governor Cuomo can use to support local education agencies impacted by the Coronavirus crisis. It is anticipated that New York will use these funds to support general aid to districts and charter schools to help ensure that total school aid for FY 21 will remain at the current level.
We will address the implications of these announcements in greater detail during our upcoming weekly webinar on Tuesday, April 21 at 4 pm. To join the webinar, use the information below:
Meeting ID: 330 684 941
Join by phone: +1 9292056099,,330684941# US (New York)
As this situation is rapidly evolving, we encourage you to review the resources available on our COVID-19 Resources page.