Update to Students Wearing Masks Outside, Monday, June, 7, 2021
At a press conference today, the Governor announced that students will no longer be required to wear masks outdoors. Middle Country Central School District will follow this guidance effective tomorrow, Tuesday, June 8th.
This change in guidance applies to students only.
From: Press Office <Press.Office@exec.ny.gov>
Sent: Monday, June 07, 2021 1:35 PM
To: Press Office
Subject: GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES SCHOOL DISTRICTS CAN ALLOW STUDENTS TO REMOVE MASKS OUTDOORS
For Immediate Release: 6/7/2021
GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO
GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES SCHOOL DISTRICTS CAN ALLOW STUDENTS TO REMOVE MASKS OUTDOORS
Guidance on Mask Use Indoors Remains in Place
Change Aligns Summer Camp Guidance with School Guidance
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that school districts can choose to lift the requirement that their students must wear masks outdoors. Guidance on mask use indoors remains in place. This change aligns New York State's guidance on schools with CDC guidance on summer camps, where even unvaccinated students are not currently required to wear masks outdoors.
"The numbers show that the risk of transmission by children is extremely low, especially in this state, which has an extremely low positivity rate. We spoke with the CDC, and since they're not going to change their guidance for several weeks in New York State, we're going to modify the CDC guidance and allow schools to choose no mask outside for children," Governor Cuomo said. "We'll leave that up to the local school district and we spoke to the CDC, which has no objection. It's very important that people understand the logic between these decisions and that they're rational and based on the science and the data. We have a disconnect right now between the school guidance and the camp guidance, and it's important to rectify it because if people don't think the rules are logical, then they're not going to want to follow the rules."