As school districts across the state put the finishing touches on their reopening plans, the state’s largest association of nurses is calling on state and local officials to postpone the reopening of in-person learning.

What You Need To Know

  • The New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) represents more than 42,000 members in New York State

  • The Association is urging state and local officials to postpone in-person schooling for the fall

  • NYSNA cites the grave risks of COVID-19 and the likelihood that reopening in-person schooling will accelerate the spread of the virus

  • NYSNA President Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez appears on Wednesday’s edition of Capital Tonight

NYSNA cites research from the Kaiser Family Foundation, which found that nearly 25 percent of school staff are already at high-risk for serious illness and death from COVID-19. The group also says "it’s a worrisome sign…that pediatric ICU admissions have more than doubled just in the last six weeks."

The organization is also urging the Governor and state leaders to use the postponement to strengthen supply chains for PPE, and "make the investments in public health and human services necessary so that in-person learning can happen safely."