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All schools to remain closed until the end of April

Parents and guardians will have to continue to homeschool their children for an additional two weeks until the end of April in an attempt to flatten the curve and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement on Monday in the continued response to the spread of COVID-19 to extend the closure of all schools in the state to April 29.

According to Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES, they are waiting for Cuomo to issue his formal executive order regarding the extended closure and will announce details once it becomes available.

Along will the school closure, the June Regents exams will also be canceled, according to the Greater Amsterdam School District website.

The website states that Chancellor Betty Rosa made the announcement of the cancellation during the Board of Regents meeting on Monday.

Details on how that will affect schools and what that will mean for high school students will be released today.

This is the second time since the COVID-19 outbreak that school closures have been extended. Students were expected to return to school at the end of March, until Cuomo signed an executive order extending the statewide school closure until at least April 15, and on Monday Cuomo made the announcement that schools statewide will be closed for another two weeks until April 29.

In an email sent to families from Greater Johnstown School District Interim Superintendent Karen Geelan, “HFM BOCES and its component school districts are waiting for the governor to issue his formal executive order regarding the extended closure and will announce details once they become available.”

Other school districts in the HFM BOCES region have issued similar statements to families and urge students to continue their at-home learning.

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