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School mask requirements remain unchanged at this time

June 6, 2021

Dear Heatly families,

As has been reported, on Friday afternoon, New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker issued a letter informing the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that New York would ease the mask requirements in schools as early as Monday, June 7.

Please note that, at this time, Heatly and other public schools have received no definite guidance from the state regarding mask requirements or any other changes to COVID health and safety protocols.

As a region, the 24 districts that comprise Capital Region BOCES (including ours) will make no change to mask policies until such guidance is received. Mask wearing will continue in accordance with school district reopening plans that were developed based on the comprehensive state guidance of last summer.

District mask policies include requirements for mask use in classrooms, in school hallways and on school grounds. Students regularly take mask breaks throughout the school day, which include during time of physical exertions.

Especially during these warmer days, teachers and staff often allow students to take masks breaks within appropriate social distancing when inside the school building. When outside, relaxed mask use is also allowed in accordance with applicable health and safety measures.

As always, it is my priority to ensure the safety of all students and staff. COVID-19 continues to be a risk in our community and it is our responsibility to protect our learners.

Anyone with questions or concerns can contact me at (518) 273-1422.

Warmest regards,
Kimberly Ross