New York State waiting for CDC response before changing mask guidance for schools, camps

Make sure your child has a mask with them for school on Monday as the state has backtracked from its announcement making masks option for students.

Posted: Jun 6, 2021 10:41 PM
Updated: Jun 7, 2021 10:27 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. - It appears New York State is backtracking on its Friday announcement that masks will become optional for students starting on Monday.

The state says it is waiting for clarification from the CDC before making the change.

New York State Commissioner of Health Howard Zucker sent out a letter on Sunday to all 700 school districts across the state stating just that.

Zucker says the confusion stems from a letter he sent on Friday to the CDC letting them know of the state's intentions to make masks optional starting on Monday and asking the CDC if there is any data or science that they are aware of that contradicts moving forward with this approach.

Since the CDC did not get back to Zucker yet, the state will still make mask wearing mandatory in all schools until further notice.

NEWSChannel 2 spoke with Utica Schools Superintendent Bruce Karam by phone on Sunday who says his intentions for Monday were to discuss things with his staff to come up with a plan before making any changes, so he says things wouldn't have changed in Utica starting on Monday even if the letter from the Commissioner of Health hadn't come on Sunday.

We also received word on Sunday from a spokesperson for Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES who says their district also received the letter from Zucker, and they will continue their current mask-wearing policies until further notice.

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