Instead, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, decisions on how long to keep schools closed will made in coordination with all New York counties in the city’s metropolitan area — and maybe even with neighboring states New Jersey and Connecticut.
“We were right then and we’re right now. Schools will remain closed, just like how we eventually — days later — moved to a shelter in place model,” Goldstein’s tweet reads.
Students who have requested digital devices, but have yet to receive them, will get them by the end of the month, city officials said.
Governor contradicts the mayor
But later Saturday, Cuomo called the mayor’s announcement an “opinion,” and while Cuomo valued it, he said no final decision has been made.
“We’re going to do it in a coordinated sense with the other localities,” he said. “It makes no sense for one locality to take an action that’s not coordinated with the others.”
Ideally, Cuomo said, he also wants coordination with Connecticut and New Jersey, “so whatever we do, we do all at the same time.”
The mayor’s plan
De Blasio had laid out a five-point plan to help students in the nation’s largest school system:
• Complete deliveries of internet-enabled digital devices by the end of April. That will mean getting 240,000 more devices to children over the next few weeks.
• Expand the parental help line’s hours and technical support staffing.
• Launch new, free online activities and programs.
• Graduate students in their senior years, about 75,000 of them. De Blasio said a full plan will be out next week.
• Get ready to reopen in September, with provisions to combat learning loss and support mental health.
On Twitter, de Blasio spokesman Wiley Norvell mentioned Fauci when responding to Cuomo’s comments.
De Blasio encouraged people to consider September as the new era. Children are under trauma at this time, he said, and it’s best to not bring them back to school before then.
De Blasio said the new year will have to be the greatest in the city’s history.