New York schools, colleges will be closed for rest of academic year

Gov. Andrew Cuomo officially announced Friday that all schools in New York state, including the city’s public schools, will be shuttered for the remainder of the academic year due to the coronavirus crisis.

The call by Cuomo came just over two weeks after he blasted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for making the same call regarding city schools on April 11, insisting the governor was the one who had authority to make that decision for the entire state.

“Were going to have the schools remained closed for the rest of the [school] year,” Cuomo told reporters Friday, noting that kindergarten through 12th grade schools and all state college facilities will remain closed and remote learning will continue for the remainder of the school year.

Cuomo added, “We must protect our students. We have to protect our educators.”

The governor said he will announce a decision regarding summer schools by the end of the month.

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