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|Governor Cuomo Announces Summer School
Will Be Conducted Through Distance Learning This Year
May 22, 2020 08:00 a.m.
Governor Cuomo Announces Summer School Will Be Conducted Through
Distance Learning This Year
Extends Sales Tax Filing Deadline to June 22, 2020
in Children with Symptoms Similar to an Atypical Kawasaki Disease and Toxic
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.