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School districts react to new state guidelines

On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that school would be allowed to reopen based on the data.

Posted: Jul 13, 2020 7:33 PM

ROME, N.Y. --- On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that school would be allowed to reopen based on the data. 

Rome Superintendent Peter Blake said in terms of the area's infection rate, he said he expects to be allowed to reopen in September.

"I don't think the Mohawk Valley has reached a nine percent infection rate or 5 percent. The highest I've seen recently was 2 percent so I think relative to that we're well within the guidelines the be able to reopen under those parameters," said Blake.

Cuomo said in his briefing a decision on which region's schools could reopen would be decided during the week of August 1st through the 7th.

Blake said this would only give districts a couple of weeks to put their plans in place.

"In this situation, we are going to have only about 14 days. We've been having committee meetings for about 2 months now. So we have ideas and thoughts, but to put those ideas and thoughts together it's going to be expedited and it's going to be very quick," said Blake.

Financially districts will now have to factor in PPE and other COVID related costs into the budget. Blake expects the additional cost to be in the millions of dollars.

"With a district of our size that runs a budget of between 150- 200 million dollars, the additional expense will be between 5 to 8 million dollars so essentially you're looking at a 5% increase across the board and I think that goes for every district," said Blake.

The state released detailed guidance here. For the latest information regarding schools stay tuned to WKTV.com

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 421336

Reported Deaths: 32781
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