On the eve of the in-person start date for the remaining majority of New York City school kids, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that the state will be receiving daily testing numbers from schools and will act accordingly if the numbers show there is a problem.
“We are going to be getting daily testing numbers, so we’ll be able to tell on a day to day basis what is actually happening with the test in NYC schools both with the teachers and the pupils,” he said.
“We’ll act prudently based on the numbers, but I get the concern of the principals union and we will be watching the numbers very closely,” the governor said.
“If there’s a problem, there is a problem, and the numbers will show that there’s a problem, and then we’ll act accordingly,” Cuomo said.
On Sunday, New York City’s principals and school administrators union declared a unanimous vote of “no confidence” in the mayor and schools chancellor and requested the city leaders to ask the New York State Education Department to intervene in the schools reopening plan.
Cuomo was asked if there was any specific scenario wherein the state department of education would take over.
“We could act below 5% if the circumstances justified it,” he added. “If you saw what we’re seeing now with this Brooklyn cluster, we have to get to the bottom of that. But the data is key and we’ll act on the data.”
He reiterated he understood the concerns of the principals union, adding “look if they are right and there’s a health concern, then yes the state will act.”
“The state has overall jurisdiction over all these things and we’ve exercised it in the past as you know, and we’ll do it again,” Cuomo said.