School/State Closure updates

Governor Cuomo has issued the following emergency orders on school closure:

  • 5/1/20 UPDATE – All NYS K-12 schools are now physically closed until the end of the school year. 
  • During this time, schools must have a plan in place to provide for continued instruction and meal services for students.
  • School board elections and budget votes have been postponed until June 9, and will be conducted by absentee ballot.
  • The NYS Board of Regents have cancelled the June 2020 and the August 2020 Regents Exams, please see here and below for more guidance on this and an FAQ document. 
  • The College Board has moved to an online test. See HERE for more information. 
  • Governor Cuomo has just announced an update to NY Pause, which is detailed below.

NY Pause Update (as of 5/11/20)

Regional OpeningAs of May 11, three regions of NYS qualify to start to begin the re-opening process this coming Friday (as they have made 7/7 qualifiers): Mohawk Valley, Southern Tier and Finger Lakes. This means in these area, when working with local officials, those regions may look to open Phase One: Construction, Manufacturing, Wholesale, Trade, Select Retail for Curbside Pickup Only, Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing.

Other regions and their qualifying numbers are listed below (listed in closest to opening to further away to opening):

Missing 1 qualifier: North Country (6/7), Central NY (6/7)

Missing 2 qualifiers: Capital Region (5/7), Western NY (5/7), Long Island (5/7), Mid Hudson (5/7)

Missing 3 qualifiers: New York City (4/7)

Statewide Openings – As of May 15, the Governor has opened the following things statewide: Landscaping and gardening, Drive-in movies, low-risk outdoor recreational activities (he listed tennis as example).

He has also issued a NY Forward report which details opening information. As things change, we will keep you informed.


State Education Department COVID-19 webpage

State Education Department Issues Guidance on Graduation and Course Requirement Changes Due to COVID-19 and Ongoing Statewide School Closure

State Education Department FAQ Document on graduation changes