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New York Education Department issues guidance to help schools reopen safely

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New York Education Department issues guidance to help schools reopen safely

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - New York education officials have issued a COVID-19 reopening guide for school districts that were caught off guard when the state’s health commissioner said he wouldn't issue safety recommendations.

The state Education Department says the guide is meant to help districts develop their own plans. It is based on the recommendations of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and American Academy of Pediatrics.

The CDC recommends universal masking for students and staff, regardless of whether they have received a COVID-19 vaccine, and the continuation of social distancing when possible.

The guide coversmasking policies, sports and extracurriculars, screening protocols and what to do if there's an outbreak in a school or district.

The department also says it will not require schools to offer online or remote instruction unless a public health emergency is declared locally or across the state. Districts are encouraged to work with families on remote options if necessary on a case-by-case basis.

To read the full guide, click here.

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