Administrators group backs governor’s plan on school reopening

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ALBANY — The School Administrators Association of New York State, which represents more than 8,000 school administrators, supervisors and coordinators, issued a statement on Wednesday, saying it was pleased that Gov. Kathy Hochul’s priorities “include a focus on safely returning to in-person learning in New York state schools.

“SAANYS fully supports the idea of a safe return to in-person learning for as many students as possible this school year. We concur with the anticipated state requirement as outlined by governor Hochul for masking for all persons in our public-school buildings and that school personnel be vaccinated or take part in weekly testing,” said Kevin Casey, the group’s executive director.

“It is our responsibility as educators and New Yorkers to provide the safest learning environments possible and these measures will help us meet that objective,” he said.

“We appreciate and look forward to the governor’s assurance that schools will receive additional guidance for the opening of the 2021-22 school year by the end of this week,” Casey said.

Hochul’s move comes only weeks after former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said the state was leaving reopening guidelines to local districts and county health departments.

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