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Rochester area schools discuss ‘off-ramp’ for COVID-19 protocols

With challenges to New York Governor Kathy Hochul’s mask mandate in court and declining COVID-19 rates in the state, Monroe County School Superintendents are discussing the issue of masking in schools and when the mandate may come to an end.

Bo Wright, the Superintendent of Rush-Henrietta Schools and the current President of the Monroe County Council of School Superintendents, says “we are interested in joining the conversation that’s picking up across the state relating to where the off-ramp is,” according to WHEC.

Wright emphasized that it’s a health and safety issue over a political one, and that Monroe County districts must comply with state directives. Gov. Hochul’s mandate is set to expire on February 21.

She hasn’t announced whether or not she will extend it, but in a press briefing on Friday, Hochul said she’d like New York to get to a point where children don’t have to wear masks in school, but “we’re just not there yet.”