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New York State Education Department to create task force to guide reopening of schools

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Posted at 1:42 PM, Apr 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-29 13:42:50-04

NEW YORK (WKBW) — All New York schools are closed until at least May 15 under the New York PAUSE executive order, but a statement was issued Wednesday on behalf of the New York State Education Department and the Board of Regents regarding the reopening of schools.

In the statement it was announced a statewide task force would be created consisting of educational leaders, including superintendents, principals, teachers, parents, school board members and other stakeholders which would guide reopening of schools in New York State.

The statement, which was made on behalf of chancellor Betty A. Rosa, the Board of Regents and interim commissioner Shannon Tahoe, can be read in full below:

“The COVID-19 Pandemic has placed a tremendous amount of stress and uncertainty on New Yorkers in every corner of the state. Despite the challenges we are all facing every day, it is time we begin to look at how we can successfully and appropriately reopen our schools.

Throughout the pandemic, we have seen many examples of how schools across the state serve as the cornerstone of our communities, which is why it is imperative that they are included in any reopening strategy.

In the coming weeks we will form a statewide task force made up of educational leaders, including superintendents, principals, teachers, parents, school board members and other stakeholders, to guide the reopening of our schools. By working together with these partners, we can ensure that our children’s educational, developmental and overall wellbeing is considered during this important discussion.

We look forward to working with the Department of Health and sharing recommendations with Governor Cuomo’s New York Forward Re-Opening Advisory Board.”