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It is time to re-open our schools

I worked in schools for nearly 50 years in every capacity. No public school in New York state is set up to deliver effective online instruction across all grades. So if that is the plan, it would be better to close the schools period.

Further, opening schools at half capacity, social distancing, etc. can be done but at a huge cost because at least two sessions (shifts) per day would be necessary — including double bus runs — additional staffing and expenses would be cost prohibitive. Neither Gov. {Andrew] Cuomo nor any other politician has a clue as to what it would take to “open” schools per the above scenarios.

So the choice is fully open the schools or shutter them for the year and furlough or lay off staff.

Not a good choice.

Open them up.

DR. JOHN METALLO

Slingerlands

Former teacher coach at Gloversville High School

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