State Education Department to school districts: Mask rules will remain in place Monday
The New York State Education Department informed all school districts that the mask mandate has not changed and is still in effect for Monday.
This means that all students and faculty must wear a face covering in the school and on school buses.
In a letter to the CDC Friday, state Commissioner of Health Dr. Howard Zucker announced that the state planned to drop the mask mandate in school for kids and adults beginning tomorrow.
The CDC has yet to respond, causing confusion among parents across the state.
Many schools sent notifications to parents on Sunday notifying them of the education department’s decision and stating that they were continuing mask rules Monday.
This was the letter sent from the Education Department to all school superintendents:
As of September 1, 2020, school districts were permitted to reopen, under Executive Order 202.60, “subject to adherence to Department of Health issued guidance and directives.” These have included the submission of reopening plans to address, among other things, distancing and health requirements.
SED has been in communication with Executive staff regarding the attached letter from Dr. Howard Zucker, New York State Commissioner of Health. According to conversations with Executive staff, the intent of this letter was to obtain a response from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding differing standards for summer camps and schools; it has not changed any existing arrangements. Therefore, schools should continue to operate under their existing procedures until further notice. No changes have been, or will be, made by the Executive until after Monday June 7 to afford the CDC an opportunity to respond to the letter.
News 12 has reached out to the Department of Health, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office, and the Department of Education and are awaiting a response.
The New York City Department of Education already stated late Friday that city schools would still be requiring masks.