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Masks won’t be required at summer school, per NYS health officials

Masks won’t be required for summer school.

That was the message this week from state health officials, who dropped the mask mandate for students heading to summer school this month.


The health department cited low rates of COVID transmission, and even said that face coverings are encouraged. However, they will not be required.

“I was proud to fight alongside our local parents, Superintendents, teachers, social workers and other support staff to end the mask mandate and give our school districts the ability to make these decisions locally, based on the science and data, and our children’s health and well-being,” Sen. Pam Helming (R-Canandaigua) said in a statement. “I thank everyone for their advocacy. Now, the Department of Health must release clear guidance for the coming school year, and let our school districts do what they do best – educate and care for their students.”

Questions remain for some parents- who are curious what guidance will look like for the fall semester.



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