Capital Region schools wrestle with decision on whether to stay open

Sam Hesler & WNYT Staff
Created: January 05, 2021 12:10 PM

Capital Region schools are making their decisions about staying open, or going remote.

Albany County Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen expressed Monday these situations are complex, and there's no one right answer.

She spoke with superintendents from area schools on both the pros and cons of in-person learning with the county's current numbers.

Her comments come just days after the county executive urged school leaders and state officials to consider switching to remote learning temporarily. County Executive McCoy on Monday stood by his recommendation of pausing in-person learning.

While some districts have decided to make the switch this week, many districts in Albany County are still open for some type of in-person learning.

Despite Albany County reporting a five-day average over 250 cases, many of these school districts say available data indicates that virus transmission in schools is low.

Hear what the New York State United Teachers president is saying about the tough decision on whether to keep schools open or closed by watching the video of Sam Hesler's story.


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