State will allow some in areas with high virus rates to remain open

Joseph Spector – New York State Team | USA TODAY NETWORK – in the D&C on 12/10/2020 on page A1

ALBANY – New York will allow schools in areas with high COVID infection rates to stay open if they meet testing requirements and the positive rates stay low within the buildings.

The guidance, first announced in broad strokes by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Nov. 30, was more detailed Friday by the state Health Department, which said the goal is to keep in-person classes for as long as possible.

“New York State recognizes that safely keeping pre-kindergarten through grade 12 schools open for in-person instruction is critical to student success and parent stability,” the guidance states.

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