State data shows that at least 116 schools across New York state that opened their doors to in-person learning have had to close for at least a day since the academic year began because of the spread of COVID-19.

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That tally excludes additional school closures in New York City, which reports data separately.

The New York State Education Department reports that about 1 in 10 of the state’s roughly 700 school districts has had at least one school temporarily shift to online learning.

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Binghamton City Schools has just announced it will delay its in-class learning again, which was supposed to start next week, to October 26 due to the outbreak of new coronavirus infections in Broome County that has put the region in the state’s Yellow cautionary Zone with restrictions on gatherings and a requirement for school testing of students and staff.

Whitney Point, Johnson City and Seton Catholic Schools are all among districts opting to temporarily go to remote learning.

All the districts are waiting to hear from New York State officials concerning just what the rules are for testing students and staff.

Following the Governor’s announcement of the Yellow, Orange and Red Zones for virus hotspots, Broome County Executive Jason Garnar said local officials  had not been told why some areas like Vestal are not in the zone and areas north of the Susquehanna River are and what schools are supposed to do about testing if some of their building are not in the Yellow Zone.

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