Governor Threatens School Closures in Statement on Testing Rate

Governor Cuomo has led area school districts down a confusing path in recent weeks, with many school superintendents explaining that forced arbitrary testing is a major obstacle. Even students suffering a known condition apart from COVID-19 with similar symptoms, like a headache from migraines, must leave school and be tested before returning.

The Governor released this statement early on Sunday:

“Local governments have not done an effective job of enforcement in these hot spot ZIP codes. The State will be doing aggressive enforcement starting tomorrow. As we saw with bars and restaurants, when the State initiated enforcement actions compliance greatly increased. However, the State cannot take over effective enforcement for every jurisdiction and if a local jurisdiction cannot or will not perform effective enforcement of violating entities, notify the State and we will close all business activity in the hot spots where the local governments cannot do compliance.

“I’m concerned about the lack of testing in the schools. If the localities do not do testing immediately in the schools in those areas, the State will close them immediately. We all want schools to reopen IF they can reopen safely. I have assured the parents of this State that I would not send my child to a school that I didn’t know was safe. Without testing we can’t assure parents and teachers of the safety of that school.”