With Gov. Cuomo's statewide closure of schools due to end next Tuesday, March 31, New Yorkers are anxiously waiting to hear if and when schools may reopen.


The reopening may later rather than soon.


Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said Tuesday that his state's schools are likely to remain closed until fall, and the governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have tried to present a united front on key issues related to slowing the coronavirus.


Asked about the likelihood of schools remaining closed for the school year, Lamont told CBS 880.


"I really think that's the likelihood...You worry that if people get back too quickly, there will be a second iteration of this virus. So...probably the school year."


New York City closed its schools until April 20, and Mayor Bill de Blasio also suggested Monday that the students might not return before September.


On Tuesday, the number of cases in New York surged to 25,665, including nearly 15,000 in the city.


"Right now, even though April 20th is our goal to reopen, I can't see it," de Blasio said Monday on PIX 11.


"We're going to make that judgment as we get closer. But at the trajectory we're on now, I can't see it."


Keeping New York schools closed


Still, Cuomo was reluctant to close all New York schools.


He said the issue is working parents — including healthcare workers and other essential workers — might struggle to care for their kids at home.


It sounded like he was still second-guessing the decision Monday night.


On Monday, he reiterated his concerns about closing schools. He ordered all schools closed for two weeks on March 16 as the outbreak spread and after many districts close on their own.


Some districts have independently closed their schools into late April, after spring break.


"If you now look at it, it didn't make any sense to close the schools, send my kids home with me or older people, or with grandmothers who were vulnerable to this virus," Cuomo said Monday on CNN.


"And young people were then maybe bringing it into the house. We didn't have any data or science to instruct us. But now you can come up with a smarter public health strategy that actually protects older people, lets younger people get back to work, and that can start the economic recovery. But it has to be that smart. It can't be reactive. It can't be emotional."


How long will New York school stay closed?


Officials with key education groups in Albany, all in close touch with Cuomo's office, assume schools will remain closed into April, but don't know what to expect beyond that.


Bob Lowry, deputy director of the state Council of School Superintendents, was not ready to make the leap that Cuomo will follow Lamont's lead and suggest that schools may close for the duration.


"I would say it is still too soon to say," Lowry said,


But he said school districts need to know within days, preferably by Wednesday whether the statewide closure of schools will continue into April.


Andy Pallotta, president of the New York State United Teachers union, said that for Cuomo to close schools for two weeks at a time is "reasonable" for now.


"But a lot of folks are just believing that this is going to go right through to the end of the school year," he said. "We don’t know."


David Albert, spokesman for the state School Boards Association, said that it would be easy to conclude, based on Cuomo's public statements, that schools will not reopen April 1.


"It seems he will be looking at how we’re doing as a state and whether it makes sense from a public health perspective to continue to close the schools," Albert said.


"He seems to be the only one who can answer that question for us."


The state already cancelled standardized tests for grades 3-8.


But some questions remain about what will go forward, such as budget votes scheduled for May 19,