Republican candidate for Congress Claudia Tenney released a statement reading in part: (WBNG) — New York State officials are preparing for the potential for students to return to schools in the fall. “Our communities’ leaders have demonstrated they can be trusted with a careful and thorough reopening of schools that is focused on safety, first and foremost. No one cares more about the health and well-being of our students, families and school communities.” Democratic candidate for Congress Tracy Mitrano says politicians should stay out of it, and teachers and families need to be provided with a plan. “I thought we saw a lot of politics today instead of what we need which is evidence based research, facts, options, protocols, to make sure we’re protecting not only the students, the staff, obviously the teachers and then all the families,” says Mitrano. In a news conference held Wednesday, Governor Cuomo announced the state’s finalized guidance for schools will be released on July 13. “Central New York and the Southern Tier have the capability and know-how to make the right decision for their students, parents, and faculty. We must empower local and regional leaders to plan for and execute a safe and successful re-opening of schools.” Congressman Tom Reed said in part of a joint statement he believes nothing can replace children being in school. “The state needs to start providing that guidance immediately to school districts,” says Brindisi. “Whatever option is going to be on the table this fall, they need guidance from the state now to be able to prepare for the various options that will be out there.” Our local representatives in Washington weighed in. Congressman Anthony Brindisi says a decision needs to be made based on sound data, but with school two months away, parents, children and teachers need to start planning. By July 31, schools will need to submit their plan for students to return to school safely. The state says a final decision on whether students should return or not will be made between Aug. 1 to 7.