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Breaking news: bsiyata dishmaya, after weeks of negotiations, community-led testing initiatives, and legal proceedings, Agudath Israel is happy to report that Governor Cuomo just released a plan for schools in red and orange zones to reopen.

Specifically, mass testing will be required before school reopens, followed by weekly testing. The state will provide free rapid-result test kits for schools wishing to participate. Details to follow.

Thank you to Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein and the other elected officials and advocates who have been championing this cause.

We look forward to working with the yeshiva community and the governor’s office to help implement this plan to reopen our precious yeshivos. And as rates of infection in our neighborhoods continue to b’zras Hashem decline, we look forward for other parts of our community to safely reopen.