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Local schools continue to make last minute decisions on how to handle masks

Health officials are calling on schools in Central New York to follow the guidelines recently released by doctors and health departments to help avoid outbreaks and keep kids in the classroom.

Superintendents in Cayuga County recently received a letter from the health department offering a “multi-layered” approach that includes masks inside, vaccination, screening and testing, as well as other preventative measures.

Auburn schools will be following the guidelines laid out in the letter sent by the Cayuga County Health Department.

Other districts enforcing masks indoors include Syracuse City School District and Oswego City School District.

A letter was also penned by a group of doctors from Upstate Medical University calling on all Central New York superintendents to follow that mask mandate, but not all schools will be doing exactly that.

Central Square Central School District superintendent, Tom Colabufo, said he will only be requiring masks inside based on the CDC transmission zone that the county is in every two weeks.