Decisions on whether public schools will open in the fall will be made by state government, not local governments, a spokesperson for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Thursday.

"We value the opinion of local politicians and the state's 700 local school districts as to what should be done, but the public should not be confused on this important decision that has practical consequences for many," Dani Lever, the governor’s communications director said in a statement.

According to Lever, Cuomo believes it is too early to make a decision about the fall.

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"The governor has also told all school districts to have plans ready for the 'new normal' in the event schools can open,” she said. “The governor hopes schools will reopen but will not endanger the health of students or teachers and will make the determination once we have more current information.”

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