New York schools will have a daily coronavirus report card that parents and teachers can consult to ensure health and safety plans are being adequately implemented, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.
Every K-12 school in the state will have its own report outlining the testing and case data.
The state has created a dedicated website that parents can search to find out how many positive cases the school is reporting and whether students who test positive were in the classroom or learning remotely.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that the state's K-12 schools will have a daily coronavirus report card that parents and teachers can consult to ensure health and safety plans are being adequately implemented and learn about cases and testing in their schools
Assistant Principal Melissa Helman walks around setting social distance floor signs to figure out proper placement as Yung Wing School P.S. 124 in New York City prepares to open
Parents will also be able to see 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.
'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.
The number of positive cases among students and staff by school and school district.
Whether the school is teaching remotely, in-person, or a combination of the two.
The number of students and staff on-site.
The percentage of on-site students and staff who test positive.
The number of tests administered by the school, the type of test, the lab used, and how much of a lag there is between the test and getting the results.
'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,' he added.
'It's a big undertaking, I thank the Department of Health in advance, but it's very important.'
Local school districts, testing laboratories and local health departments will all provide the information to the New York Department of Health.
The announcement comes about a month after Cuomo gave the green light for 749 New York school districts to return students to classrooms this Fall, including in New York City.
The decision was left with the schools themselves, however, on how they wished to continue - whether to stay online or use a mixture of both online and in-classroom learning.
'If anybody can open schools, we can open schools. And that's true for every region in the state, period,' Cuomo said.
In August, all schools were required to submit their plan for reopening to the state and