Masks not mandatory for summer school in New York: health department


Summer school is often a tough pill to swallow for youngsters — at least they won’t have to wear masks this year.

So says the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), which today shared updates to COVID-19 related safety guidelines for the 2021 summer school session.

Masks remain strongly encouraged, but they will not be mandatory for students and vaccinated staff members in summer school. The updates only apply to summer school for 2021.

The health department will deliver additional information regarding the 2021-22 academic year later this summer.

“Given current low rates of COVID-19 transmission, schools/districts may decide to implement revised masking policies consistent with those available in the archived Interim Guidance for Child Care, Day Camp, and Overnight Camp Programs During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency,” today’s update from the NYSDOH said.

Here is a breakdown of the department’s updates, all effective immediately:

  • Students are encouraged to wear masks indoors, though it’s not mandatory.
  • Vaccinated staff members are encouraged to wear masks indoors, though it’s not mandatory.
  • Unvaccinated staffers must continue to wear masks indoors.
  • Daily reporting to the New York State COVID-19 Report Card is no longer required.

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