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New York eases distancing requirements for schools

John Minchillo // Associated Press

New York state is easing reopening restrictions on schools to allow most students to sit closer together, as long as they continue to wear masks.

Posted: Apr 10, 2021 10:18 AM

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - New York state is easing reopening restrictions on schools to allow most students to sit closer together, as long as they continue to wear masks. The change released Friday is expected to allow schools to bring more students back in to buildings and reduce their reliance on distance learning. President Joe Biden has made it a priority to full reopen K-8 schools by the end of April, but superintendents in New York have been frustrated by the state’s delay in acting on revised federal guidelines that say students wearing masks can safely sit just 3 feet apart in the classroom instead of 6 feet.

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Reported Deaths: 55066
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Nassau2071043257
Bronx2021556693
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Putnam1187096
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Steuben8489160
Cayuga7942101
Sullivan782781
Jefferson752171
Wayne701378
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Genesee6097131
Herkimer6030117
Tompkins597459
Clinton571634
Madison542698
Fulton532197
Livingston520467
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Hamilton4083
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