Mask Update June 2021
On Friday afternoon, New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker issued a letter informing the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that the state would ease the mask requirements in schools as early as Monday, June 7th. The letter indicates that the intent of the Cuomo Administration was to await a response from the CDC before actually changing formal guidance. As a result, this has created confusion amongst school districts, staff, students, and parents alike.
It is important to note that Commissioner Zucker’s letter to the CDC is not a formal guidance document. School districts were informed today by the New York State Department of Education that the letter has not changed any existing arrangements. “Therefore, schools should continue to operate under their existing procedures until further notice.
After consulting with Warren County Public Health and with the anticipated high temperatures this week, starting tomorrow, Monday, June 7th:.
- Students, staff and employees may continue to have their masks off indoors when seated six feet apart. Masks will be required indoors when moving and/or changing classes.
- Due to the weather forecast, with temperatures expected to be in the 90’s,students, staff and employees will not be required to wear masks when they are outside the school building as long as 6ft of social distance can be maintained. Please note, this is subject to change pending official guidance issued by NYS Department of Health.
I remain hopeful that additional guidance will be issued soon. In the meantime, I appreciate your patience and support.