If schools in Allegany and Cattaraugus County were to open today, the likelihood of students arriving with the coronavirus is slim, according to a model developed by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin.
The model shows the number of infected students expected to arrive at schools across the country. The New York Times on Saturday posted an interactive map that allows users to view the rates in the model by county and by the approximate number of students in a school.
For Allegany and Cattaraugus counties, the number of infected students was zero for all sizes of schools included in the study — schools with 1,000, 500 and 100 students.
The state will make a decision during the coming week on whether schools can reopen for the 2020-21 school year, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Saturday.
"We're going to watch the overall infection before we make a decision," Cuomo said during a conference call with reporters.
The governor said parents must be comfortable with the reopening plans school districts have developed and submitted to the state,
"Parents are taking this decision very seriously, and the reason we need the school districts to put in their plans is because the parents need to review the plan, understand the plan, and they have to have confidence in the plan," he said. "If they don't have confidence in the plan, I don't care what the school district says. They are not sending their kids back."
For more information on the Coronavirus in the Greater Olean area, visit TAPinto Greater Olean's Coronavirus Updates page, which is updated continuously.
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