Many logistical challenges will delay an opening anytime soon

Gary Stern Rockland/Westchester Journal News I USA TODAY NETWORK – in the D&C on 4/23/2020 on page A1

While many hold out hope that New York’s schools may reopen before summer, the challenges of safely returning students and staff to classrooms while maintaining social distancing appear too great to be handled in a matter of weeks, district officials said.

“I want to open tomorrow, but I don’t see it,” said Ossining Superintendent Ray Sanchez, president of the Lower Hudson Council of School Superintendents. “Everyone wants to know when schools reopen, but the real question is how we reopen. If there will be safety requirements, we have to grapple with that. You want to be optimistic, but realistically, we’re preparing as if schools won’t open soon.”

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