Teachers are concerned," Cuomo said. "Some of them are older. They're in the more vulnerable populations. They don't have the same level of comfort."
Cuomo said he hoped strikes would be avoided over the reopening plans, which were submitted in detail on Friday by local school districts around the state. A final decision on reopening is expected this week and hinges on an infection rate in a region below 5 percent over a sustained period of time.
"If the union and the teachers aren't comfortable they aren't going to show up," Cuomo said. "No one wants to force people to go to work. This is about common sense and public health."
On New York City's reopening plan:
Cuomo, meanwhile, has criticized New York City school officials for being slow off the block on submitting its reopening plan for schools.
There are more details in the NY Post coverage.
The Cuomo administration is giving Mayor Bill de Blasio a lousy grade for his schools reopening plan.
The tardy 32-page plan Hizzoner submitted to state officials on Friday looks more like “an outline” than a comprehensive vision and is tiny compared to those of other school districts, a senior Cuomo official said Sunday.
“It’s about 30 pages,” said Jim Malatras, senior Cuomo aide and current president of SUNY Empire State College, told reporters.
“Other plans that have been submitted are much more detailed from first glance,” he added, noting the Big Apple has over one million students.
“Yonkers school district has 39 schools, 27,000 students and [its plan is] about 80 pages long. The Albany city school district has 10,000 students; that [plan] has about 60 pages, 70 pages worth of details.”
Keep that rank and file pressure up. It is making a difference.