As you have likely seen, many of the restrictions put in place across the state as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic are changing. That said, it is important to note that many of the health and safety precautions in place for schools have remained unchanged by the New York State Department of Health. This includes face coverings (i.e., masks), which must still be worn by all school students, staff and visitors. This applies to fully vaccinated individuals both during the school day and at after school events.
Please know that face coverings continue to be required outside as well. This includes at athletic events, at recess and at end-of-year activities and ceremonies. Face coverings must also still be worn on the school bus by students, drivers and aides. These expectations are the same expectations that were approved by the New York State Departments of Health and Education and allowed us to reopen our schools in September of 2020. Again, these expectations are unchanged.
Other requirements that continue to be in place in school facilities, per the New York State Department of Health, include:
- Social distancing of six feet
- Daily health attestations
These protocols are in place for all students, staff and visitors, regardless of vaccination status.
Please know that we continue to work very closely with our local health department as we monitor any updated guidance from the New York State Department of Health. As guidance and protocols change, we will provide updates accordingly.