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Governor Cuomo Announces Summer School
Will Be Conducted Through Distance Learning This Year

May 22, 2020   08:00 a.m.
    Press Release from Governor Cuomo's Office:

    Governor Cuomo Announces Summer School Will Be Conducted Through
    Distance Learning This Year

    Extends Sales Tax Filing Deadline to June 22, 2020

    State is Investigating 157 Reported Cases & 3 Deaths Related to COVID Illness
    in Children with Symptoms Similar to an Atypical Kawasaki Disease and Toxic
    Shock-Like Syndrome

    Rockland County is Now Eligible to Resume Elective Surgeries and Ambulatory

    New Yorkers Should Call the Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 if They
    Believe Their Employer is Not Following PPE, Hygiene or Social Distancing

    Reminds New Yorkers to Look Out for Calls from "NYS Contact Tracing"

    Confirms 2,088 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing
    Statewide Total to 356,458; New Cases in 44 Counties

    Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today
    announced summer school will be conducted through distance learning this year
    to help reduce the risk of spread. Meal programs and child care services for
    essential employees will continue. School districts must also develop a plan for
    students with disabilities who participate in extended summer school year
    programs over the summer to ensure they receive instruction. The state will
    make a determination on the fall semester and issue guidelines in June so
    schools and colleges can start to plan for a number of scenarios. K-12 schools
    and colleges will submit plans for approval to the state in July.

    Governor Cuomo also announced the state is extending sales tax interest and
    penalty relief through June 22, 2020. The state previously provided relief through
    May 19th for returns due March 20th. This extension could provide interest and
    penalty relief for up to 89,000 vendors who had returns due in March. These
    small businesses file their taxes quarterly and annually, and have taxable
    receipts of less than $300,000 in the previous quarter.

    The Governor also announced the state is currently investigating 157 reported
    cases in New York where children - predominantly school-aged - are
    experiencing symptoms similar to an atypical Kawasaki disease and toxic shock-
    like syndrome possibly due to COVID-19. The illness has taken the lives of three
    young New Yorkers, including a 5-year old in New York City, a 7-year old in
    Westchester County and a teenager in Suffolk County. To date, 13 countries and
    25 other states have reported cases of this COVID-related illness in children.

    Governor Cuomo also announced that Rockland County is now eligible to
    resume elective surgeries and ambulatory care. The Governor previously
    announced that the state will allow elective outpatient treatments to resume in
    counties and hospitals without significant risk of COVID-19 surge in the near
    term, and a total of 51 counties can now resume elective surgeries (4 counties do
    not have hospitals).

    The Governor also encouraged New Yorkers to call the Coronavirus Hotline at 1-
    888-364-3065 if they believe their employer is not following PPE, hygiene or
    social distancing guidelines as more businesses begin to reopen.

    The Governor also reminded New Yorkers to look out for calls from "NYS
    Contact Tracing" and to answer those calls as the state begins to implement its
    contact tracing program.

    "As we focus on reopening, schools pose unique complications - they have high
    density and transportation issues causing a greater risk of spread unless
    protective measures are fully in place," Governor Cuomo said. "Now we have
    another issue that is complicating the situation even further with COVID-related
    illness in children. We are continuing to study this new illness and learn more,
    but for now summer school will remain closed for in-class teaching and will be
    conducted through distance learning this year."

    Finally, the Governor confirmed 2,088 additional cases of novel coronavirus,
    bringing the statewide total to 356,458 confirmed cases in New York State.