New York state governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered schools, colleges and institutes to remain closed for the remainder of the school year as a preventative measure against the new coronavirus pandemic and warns that classroom instruction is possible cannot be resumed in time for the new course.
At the daily corona virus press conference in Albany, Cuomo said he had concluded that there was no way to safely reopen the schools before the course ended on June 26.
“How do you create a school with physical distances, with masks and no crowds?” Said Cuomo, the democrat who governs the state with more cases and more deaths from coronaviruses than the 50 that make up the United States. “We do not believe that it is possible to do this so that our children, students and teachers are safe so that schools remain closed,” he argued.
Schools have been closed since the pandemic hit the worst in New York State in mid-March. Cuomo’s decision will affect 4.2 million students in schools, colleges and universities. During this time, colleges, institutes and universities will continue distance learning.