New York schools will be issued daily coronavirus report card as students return, Gov. Cuomo says

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wears a protective face mask as he arrives to speak during a daily briefing following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., July 13, 2020.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday that every K-12 schools in the state will be issued a daily Covid-19 report card disclosing testing and case data as well as how well they’re implementing reopening plans before kids return to the classroom. 

“I think this will give parents confidence, teachers confidence, they’ll know on a day-to-day basis exactly what is happening. They won’t be reliant on communication from the school district, from the principal, from anyone else,” Cuomo said at a press briefing. 

Parents will be able to search online for an array of information on state school districts, including how many positive cases they’re reporting, the number of students on site, the percentage of students and staff testing positive as well as the number of tests administered by the school.  

Cuomo said the New York State Department of Health will publicly report the information, which the local school districts, testing laboratories and local health departments will provide. 

“If I’m going to make a decision to send my children back to school, I’m going to be darn sure that the plan is smart, they can do the plan and then I want to know if they’re actually implementing the plan,” Cuomo said. “It’s a big undertaking, I thank the Department of Health in advance, but it’s very important.” 

This is a developing story. Please check back later for updates. 

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