Ulster County releases back-to-school health guidance
Paul Kirby is reporting for the Daily Freeman the Ulster County Department of Health is recommending that all students, faculty and staff returning to school this fall be required to wear masks whether vaccinated or not. Officials also recommended mandatory weekly COVID-19 testing for all unvaccinated faculty and staff. Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan said the guidance provided would facilitate the return to five-days-a-week, full-time in-person learning. The document directs that all area schools follow the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state Department of Education. The state agency issued guidelines last week and criticized the state Department of Health for not issuing their own. County officials recommended a series of safety precautions, from proper ventilation within school facilities to continued use of health screening for any individual entering the buildings. The recommendations made by county officials included a return to five days a week full-time in-person learning for all students; mask-wearing for all individuals while indoors and physical distancing of three feet; ensuring all spaces are properly ventilated; developing strategies for a possible switch to remote learning as necessary; and more. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.