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Cuomo: All NYS schools to close

Mar 16, 2020

Gov. Andrew Cuomo
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that all schools in New York state will temporarily close for at least two weeks.

Schools in New York City and most other districts were already closed Monday. Cuomo administration officials say they are closing the remaining 14% by Wednesday.

"If in two weeks, miraculously, everything is fine, I'll reopen every school in New York in two weeks," Cuomo said.

The city's nearly 1,800 public schools will be closed until at least until April 20, the end of spring break, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Sunday.

The mayor said that teachers would receive training for online learning this week and that “learning centers" would be set up for the children of essential medical workers.

De Blasio had resisted closing the school system in part because many of its 1.1 million pupils rely on school meals. Free “grab and go” breakfasts and lunches will be distributed to children at school buildings starting Monday, he said.