- July 24: Announcement Regarding the Resignation of Shannon Tahoe
- July 23: Revised School Reopening FAQ
- July 20: SED Announces Process for Local Educational Agencies to Apply for $1.2 Billion in NY CARES Act Funding
- July 16: Recovering, Rebuilding, and Renewing: The Spirit of New York’s Schools
- July 16: State Education Department Issues Guidance to Reopen New York State Schools
- July 14: Education Stabilization Fund
- July 14: Safety Net for Building Leader Assessment
- July 13: State Education Department Presents Framework of Guidance to Reopen New York State Schools
- July 13: Recovering, Rebuilding, and Renewing the Spirit of New York’s Schools: Reopening Guidance
- July 13: Regulatory Flexibility for the Reopening of Schools
- July 10: July 13 Meeting of the Board of Regents
- July 8: Providing Equitable Services to Non-Public Schools
- June 29: New York State Education Department Submits Application for U.S. Department of Education Rethink Education Models
- June 25: Feeding Children in Need and Child Care During the Summer
- June 22: Handbook for Summer School Administrators and Principals (2020)
- June 22: Supplement #2 Provision of Services to Students with Disabilities During Statewide Closures
- June 22: Supplement #3 Provision of Services to Students with Disabilities During Statewide School Closures
- June 15: Hands Only CPR and AED
- June 12: SED News and Notes
- June 10: Equitable Services to Non-public Schools Under the CARES Act
- June 10: Proposed Amendments to Regulations Relating to Pupil Transportation
- June 9: Flexibility on Technical Skills Exam
- June 8: emergency regulations that afford essential flexibility for educators, students and professionals to address issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Issues covered include: High School Equivalency Diploma, CPR Instruction, Regents Exam requirements, summer school, and much more. Read it here.
- June 5: High School Equivalency Diplomas During COVID-19
- June 4: Interim Commissioner Tahoe has appointed Dr. William Johnson as the state monitor for the Hempstead Union Free School District, effective July 1, 2020. In this role, Dr. Williams will be a consultant to the district in order to develop a financial and academic plan by November 2020, and to assist in resolving disputes and conflicts among the board of education, its members, and the superintendent.
- June 3: Statement from the Board of Regents and Interim Commissioner Tahoe
- June 1: Digital Equity Survey letter and user guide for accessing the survey
- May 28: Parental Right to Decline Examination Waivers
- May 26: Updated Memo on Regents Examinations and Graduation Requirements
- May 13: 2019-20 Title I School Improvement Grants (SIG) Basic – Planning Grants
- May 13: Provision of Services to English Language Learners and World Languages Students During Statewide School Closures Due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak in New York State
- May 12: Support for Students and Families Disconnected From School
- May 6: Claiming Eligible COVID-19 Costs to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Funding
- May 6: Guidance on Secondary Perkins V Local Applications in Response to COVID-19
- May 5: Carrying-Over 2019-20 School Year State Funding into 2020-21
- May 4: COVID-19 Emergency Regulations Part II
- May 1: Federal CARES Act Funding
- April 27: Supplement #1 – Provision of Services to Students with Disabilities During Statewide School Closures Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak in New York State – Additional Questions and Answers (April 27, 2020)
- April 24: Guidance on Federal Funds Impacted by COVID-19
- April 24: Flexibility in the Use of Funds Associated with Approved 2019-20 Consolidated Applications for ESSA-Funded Programs During District and School Closures due to COVID-19
- April 20: Updated Guidance on Driver and Traffic Safety Education in Response to COVID-19
- April 20: Updated Guidance on Work-Based Learning Programs in Response to COVID-19
- April 17: 2019-20 Accountability Implications Based on April 2020 United States Department of Education Waivers and Changes to Commissioner’s Regulations §100.21 to Address the COVID-19 Crisis
- April 17: Emergency Regulations for the Provision of Special Education Programs and Services and Due Process Procedures in Response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak in New York State
- April 16: No. 202.18: Continuing Temporary Suspension and Modification of Laws Relating to the Disaster Emergency
- April 8: New York State P-12 Science Standards Development, Adoption, and Implementation
- April 7: Regents Examination and Graduation Requirements Questions Related to COVID-19 Closure
- April 7: Issues Guidance on Graduation and Course Requirement Changes Due to COVID-19 and Ongoing Statewide School Closure
- April 6: Summary of Emergency Action Regulations Need to Provide Flexibility and Support During COVID-19 Crisis (curated by SAANYS)
- April 6: Extension of the Subject Area Certification Requirement Effective Date and Statement of Continued Eligibility (SOCE)
- April 6: Board of Regents Acts on Series of Emergency Regulations to Ease the Burdens on Educators, Students and Professionals in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic
- April 4: Regulations of the Commissioner of Education relating to addressing the COVID-19 Crisis
- April 1: Commissioner’s Regulations relating to pupil transportation
- March 30: Clarification on 180-day Requirements in Light of Executive Orders
- March 30: Guidance for Educator Preparation Programs on Clinical Experiences and Certification Impacted by the COVID-19
- March 27: Provision of Services to Students with Disabilities During Statewide School Closures Due to Novel Coronavirus
- March 26: NYSED Request for Waiver of Assessments, Accountability and School Identification, and Reporting Requirements Public Comment Period
- March 25: Updated Guidance on Driver and Traffic Safety Education in Response to COVID-19
- March 20: Approval to Offer the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Training Entirely Online
- March 20: Statement From Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa and Interim State Education Commissioner Shannon Tahoe Regarding Elementary- and Intermediate-Level State Assessments
- March 20: State Education Department and New York’s Public Television Stations Announce Expanded Remote Learning During Statewide School Closure
- March 19: (OCFS) Guidance and Resources for Emergency Child Care
- March 18 – State Education Department Issues Updated Guidance to Schools Regarding Novel Coronavirus During Statewide School Closure
- March 17: Suspension of the Spring 2020 Grades 3–8 English Language Arts Test Shipments and Computer-based Test Window Opening
- March 13: Preliminary Guidance on the Preparation for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak in New York State
- March 12: Operating Child Nutrition Programs when Schools are Closed due to COVID-19
- March 9: NYSED/NYSDOH Important Update to School (PreK-12) Guidance: COVID-19
- March 6: Report of a School Closure
- March 5: Handwashing Recommendations and Alcohol-based Hand Sanitizer Use in Schools
NYS Department of Health:
- July 14: Interim Guidance for In-person Instruction at Pre-k to Grade 12 Schools
- June 16: Updated Graduation Ceremonies Guidance
- June 15: Announcement Regarding Overnight Camps
- June 9: Interim Advisory for In-Person Special Education Services and Instruction During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Governor’s Office / NYS:
July 22: 202.53 – This E.O. was issued on July 21 and extends the restriction on indoor common areas in malls and places of low-risk indoor arts and entertainment to be closed.
July 17: 202.52 – This E.O. was issued on July 16, 2020 and requires that all businesses licensed by the State Liquor Authority may only serve alcoholic beverages along with the purchase of food.
July 17: NYS Liquor Authority Guidance on Executive Order 202.52 – This link provides guidance from the Liquor Authority on requirements to adhere to the above Executive Order.
July 14: 202.51 – This E.O. was issued on July 13, 2020. The order modifies the number of signatures on a funding petition for public or free libraries and the minimum threshold requirement for signatures on a nominating petition for a library trustee.
July 10: 202.50 – In adherence with DOH guidance, this E.O. allows malls to reopen in regions of the state in Phase IV. This E.O. is effective July 10, 2020.
July 8: 202.49 – This E.O. was issued on July 7, 2020 and pertains to the elimination of prior suspensions in some areas of environmental conservation, corporate, and religious corporation laws.
July 7: 202.48 – This E.O. was issued on July 6, 2020 and continues the suspension or modification of statute and regulations pertaining to education, mental hygiene, criminal procedure, insurance and banking, and tax law.
July 6: 202.47 – This E.O. issued on July 3, 2020 and contains extensions and clarifications regarding school district elections, alcohol control, fireworks, and a multitude of other issues.
June 29: 202.45 – This E.O. was issued on June 26, 2020 and addresses a multitude of issues.
June 25: 205 – This E.O. was issued on June 24, 2020 and requires that all travelers entering NY from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10/100,000, or 10% positivity rate over a seven day rolling average, must be quarantined for a period of 14 days.
June 23: 202.44 – This E.O. was issued on June 21, 2020 and is a very comprehensive order.
June 22: 202.43 – This E.O. was issued on June 18, 2020 and covers a multitude of issues.
June 17: No. 204 – Recognizes Juneteenth (June 19) as day that should be acknowledged as a significant milestone in advancing the cause of freedom. Further, the governor has made this day a holiday for state employees.
June 16: No. 202.42 – This order raises the limit of persons in non-essential gatherings to 25 (from the prior 10 or fewer) in regions that have met Phase III metrics and have maintained all department of health protocols.
June 16: No. 202.41 – As of June 12, 2020, reductions and restrictions on the in-person workforce at non-essential businesses are suspended. Phase III industries include restaurants/food service and personal care. Areas in Phase III include: Finger Lakes, Central NY, Mohawk Valley, Southern Tier, and the North Country.
June 15: No. 203 – This first E.O. requires local governments to review current police polices, deployments, procedures, and practices to develop a plan to improve operations and outcomes.
June 10: No. 202.40 – This new E.O. provides that if a district’s original budget is not approved by the voters in the June 9 election, a resubmission to the voters shall be conducted through a process and dated determined by a future executive order, but the revote may not occur prior to July 9.
June 8: No. 202.39 – Just in time for the end of the academic year, the governor’s E.O. 202.39 has clarified that school districts will not be penalized with a loss of state aid for not completing APPR evaluations for the 2019-2020 school year. E.O. 202.39 goes on to state that school districts may award tenure to teachers and administrators who, but for the lack of a rating this school year, would be eligible for tenure based upon previous ratings. Districts may also extend probationary periods for an additional year for further evaluation under the E.O.
June 8: No. 202.38 – This E.O. permits any building owner and retail store owner to require temperature checks prior to entrance and such owners may also deny entrance to anyone who refuses the temperature checks. Further, restaurant owners may serve food and beverages in outdoor spaces. Lastly, houses of worship are permitted to hold services with no greater than 25% capacity in regions currently in Phase 2.
June 2: Executive Order 202.36 – This E.O. has multiple components including extending the period for paying property taxes without interest or penalties in specified counties, extending the ability to provide for a practitioner-patient relationship for purposes of ordering a clinical laboratory test through an electronic questionnaire, clarifying the directive regarding the opening of barbershops and salons, and extending the limited operation of on-site car racing to only on-site essential employees or participants.
June 1: Executive Order 202.35 – This E.O. stipulates that reductions or restrictions for the in-person workforce at non-essential businesses no longer apply to Phase 2 industries.
May 26: Executive Order 202.33 – This E.O. was issued on May 22, 2020 and allows for any non-essential gathering of ten or fewer persons, for any lawful reason, as long as social distancing, cleaning, and disinfecting protocols are adhered to.
May 22: Executive Order 202.32 – This E.O. addresses COVID-19 testing pertaining to nursing homes, allows physicians to order COVID-19 testing for self -collection without otherwise having a physician-patient relationship, extends the period for paying property taxes by 21 days for specific counties, allows horse racing without visitors or fans, allows drive-in or remote religious services in excess of 10 persons, as long as there is no in-person contact, and amends Real Property laws.
May 11: Executive Order 202.30 – This E.O. pertains to nursing homes and adult care facilities.
May 11: Executive Order 202.29 – This E.O. extended the underlying legal authority to suspend and modify laws or directives made by E.O. 202.15-21, until June 6.
May 8: Executive Order 202.28 – This E.O. formalizes the closure of schools until the end of the school year.
May 5: Executive Order 202.27 – This Executive Order allows professionals without a current NYS licensure or registration (including individuals who hold a valid license from another state or Canada) to continue to provide services for an additional 30 days.
May 1: Executive Order 202.25 – was issued on May 1, 2020 and pertains to many items related to school ballots, suspension of annual meetings, signatures required for ballots, village elections, and a host of other balloting and election processes.
April 24: This EO provides all eligible voters an absentee ballot application form with a postage-paid return option, in addition to the ability to request such applications electronically or by phone.
April 20: Executive Order 202.22 provides an opt-out for some municipalities to waive late fees for property taxpayers facing hardships. Read it here.
April 13: Governor Cuomo instituted a new Executive Order requiring all essential businesses to provide workers with a face covering “when in direct contact with customers or members of the public.” The order is effective April 15 at 8pm. Read the full EO here.
April 7: This executive order addresses school closures through April 29 and the exemption from a decrease in school aid due to failure to meet the 180 days of instruction according to stipulations in prior executive orders. Read it here.
March 29: Includes the extension of school closures; allows school districts, to the extent necessary, to pay for the cost of child care services; and postpones school district budget (also library boards and village elections) votes to June 1, 2020. Read in full here.
March 28: This EO addresses: the delay of presidential and any special elections to April 28 and permits one support person (without fever) to be in attendance with a patient giving birth. Read in full here.
March 27: The directive contained in Executive Order 202.4 related to the closure of schools statewide shall hereafter be modified to provide that all schools shall remain closed until April 15, 2020, at which time the continued closure shall be re-evaluated. No school shall be subject to a diminution in school aid due to failure to meet the 180 day in session requirement as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak … Read in full here.
March 23: Executive Order: Continuing Temporary Suspension and Modification of Laws Relating to the Disaster Emergency
March 20: Updated 180-Day Requirements
Pursuant to Executive Order 202.4 issued on March 16, 2020, any closure during the period of March 18, 2020 through March 31, 2020 of a public school district (including Special Act School Districts) or charter school will satisfy the requirements for a waiver of the usually required reduction in monies payable to public school districts and charter schools under Education Law section 3604. Such waiver shall not be granted if such closure extends beyond March 31, 2020, unless otherwise directed by the Governor.
The requirement under Commissioner’s Regulations 200.7(b)(5) and 200.20(a)(6) to operate for not less than 180 days during the 10 month school year shall not apply to any closure during the period of March 18, 2020 through March 31, 2020 of a nonpublic school with an approved special education program subject to articles 81 and/or 89 of the education law, state supported school pursuant to article 85 of the education law, or approved preschool Special Class and Special Class in an Integrated Setting program pursuant to section 4410 of the education law.
March 18: Executive Order: Continuing Temporary Suspension and Modification of Laws Relating to the Disaster Emergency
March 18: Executive Order: Continuing Temporary Suspension and Modification of Laws Relating to the Disaster Emergency
March 16: Executive Order: Continuing Temporary Suspension and Modification of Laws Relating to the Disaster Emergency
March 14: Executive Order: Continuing Temporary Suspension and Modification of Laws Relating to the Disaster Emergency
March 12: Executive Order: Continuing Temporary Suspension and Modification of Laws Relating to the Disaster Emergency
US Department of Education
- Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
- COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel
- March: FERPA & Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions
- March: Providing Services to Children with Disabilities
- March 12: Impact of COVID-19 on Assessments and Accountability under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
- CDC releases “Considerations for School Closure”
- Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Frequently Asked Questions – Prevention
- Pandemic Flu Checklist: K-12 School Administrators