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Gov. Andrew Cuomo laid out the state's guidelines for potential school reopenings in the fall, saying that the state will decide if schools are allowed to reopen region by region during the first week of August based on a formula of infection rate and re-opening phase. Schools have been closed since mid-March due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

In order to reopen schools, regions must have an infection rate below five percent over a 14 day average and have already entered Phase 4 of the New York State gradual reopening strategy. Regions will be notified if they meet the criteria for schools to reopen between Aug. 1 and Aug. 7, Cuomo said. 

“We leave it to the 700 school districts across the state to come up with the specific plans pursuant to those guidelines,” he said Monday. 

As it stands today, the Southern Tier would look like a prime candidate for schools to reopen, as they were among the first regions in the state to be approved for Phase 4, and the infection rate has dropped to 0.9 percent of positive tests out of the total number of people tested on July 12

If at any point a region spikes to a nine percent infection rate over a seven day period, schools would immediately close again, Cuomo said. Masks will be required in all schools for teachers and students when social distance can't be maintained. 

“We’re not going to use our children as guinea pigs,” Cuomo said. “I’m making the determination of whether or not I would be sending my daughter to school [...] you can determine that by science.”

School districts will submit their individual reopening plans over the next several weeks, which will be subject to approval by the state government. It is not yet known what strategies the local school districts plan to employ, though Ithaca City School District Board of Education President Rob Ainslie said ICSD has been formulating and assessing five different plans, from which they will eventually choose the one that fits best and submit to the state. ICSD has been operating online, utilizing the "Distance Learning 2.0" strategy since April.

ICSD Superintendent Luvelle Brown said Monday that he expects to learn more details about the state's reopening guidelines over the next few days and to receive the full scope on Wednesday. He confirmed the district has been reviewing different plans that would separately include full in-person learning (while maintaining social distance), a hybrid concept with virtual and in-person elements, and all-online learning. He said the most likely seems like it will be a hybrid concept, but the which exact iteration is unclear yet. 

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Jon Lucente

Still yet to see what happens with positive tests. Do they just send the kid home? Quarentine classmates for two weeks, close the classroom? Close the school? Does it matter if the positive is the lunchlady vs an after school janitor?

Henry Kramer

Looks like our governor must have his finger in every pie. The responsibility for guidelines for the schools belongs to the Regents who should get input from school superintendents. But, the state cannot anticipate all the issues and school districts should be left with some flexibility. Test results should not be the main factor. People with Covid who are asymptomatic may not get tested. And, those who are sick and who get tested currently are almost all sick for reasons other than Covid. The main problem with the state's approach is that it is too bureaucratic and offers only a system that is subject to so many variables as to almost assure confusion and lack stability.

Michael Bryant

Stanford doctor: Coronavirus fatality rate for people under 45 'almost 0%.'

“For people younger than 45, the infection fatality rate is almost 0%. For 45 to 70, it is about 0.05%-0.3%.

That's from John Ioannidis of Stanford, who BTW is the most renowned epidemiologist in the world- not to be confused with that mule for Big Pharma, Anthony Fauci.

How come so little open debate on the various aspects of Covid that are openly disputed by scientists across the globe? For example, the PCR tests are grossly erratic. A "case" means next to nothing as it may mean the test was flawed, you may have been asymptomatic, other viral particles were detected etc.

Another example is the death count itself. How many died "with" as opposed to "from" Covid. How many of those who died from nursing homes actually died exclusively from a virus rather than dying from horrendous policies that were altered this season? That number is in the thousands. And how many died from the wrong treatment being applied?

Also how many actual healthy people died during this manufactured "pandemic." I've challenged people to find ten names for me. No one has been able to do so.

And look at the insanity of all the policies that are negatively impacting peoples lives- entire universities and schools (places of supposed education) are basing their decisions on a complete fraud. That they are not even investigating this shows a clear lack of critical thinking skills. Not good for supposed educational institutions. Go to the Swiss Policy Research group site and examine any number of articles from medical experts across the globe that call the entire Covid narrative into question:

Now let me add another bit to the fraud that is this "global shamdemic"- Dellridge Health and Rehabilitation Center in Paramus, New Jersey is listed as the worst affected care home in the US, with the CDC reporting 753 deaths. The reality, according to their marketing director, is they have a 90 patient capacity, and have had only 16 deaths. I called them and corroborated this- anyone who doubts this can also call them.

Southern Pointe Living Center in Colbert, Oklahoma was listed as having 339 residents die of COVID-19 despite only having a 95 bed capacity, and officially reporting not one single case of Covid19, let alone a death. I spoke to chief administrator Heather Mitchell who confirmed that they have had no cases, no deaths. I recommend others make those calls.

Has this happened elsewhere? What's going on here? How come no reportage on this?

Why no reportage on how the CDC altered it's mandates on how death certificates must be filed giving Covid19 special dispensation? How has that inflated C19 death counts?

What does a "case" even mean? Even the CDC acknowledges mixing up Coronavirus testing data and even the FDA admitted 3/4 of the PCR tests that were being used were faulty.

But let's forget all of that and self-righteously don the masks even if all the science tells us masks are bad for one's health and increase the likelihood of viral pathogens attaching to bacteria around the mouth and inhaling higher levels of CO2 acidify the bloodstream.

Is this really about public health?

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