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SED guidance calls for masks in schools

Aug 16, 2021 5:30 am

Nick Reisman is reporting for State of Politics state education officials last week released an updated guidance for schools reopening in New York. The guidance was released by the New York State Education Department after the Department of Health had earlier indicated the details of reopening would be the left to local school districts and county-level public health officials. “As we prepare for schools to reopen in September, our priority must be to provide leaders with access to information about practices that have proven effective throughout the pandemic,” said Chancellor Lester W. Young. Questions remain for school leaders with children returning to the classroom. Children younger than 12 do not yet qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine. Soon-to-be Gov. Kathy Hochul said she expects there to be a mask mandate in place for schools by next month. Education Commissioner Betty A. Rosa said, “Reopening amidst a pandemic for the second consecutive year is truly a daunting task. Our hope is that this guide, coupled with the input of local health officials will help the state’s education community as they prepare for September.” The guidance issued largely embraces what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics have recommended for schools, including the wearing of masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Read the full story at nystateofpolitics [dot] com.