Thank you all for your continued support and for always following the guidance set forth by the DOE. Below is the mask guidance that was released today. Please make sure to read the entire email.
IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT AT THIS TIME THAT YOU SPEAK WITH YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT RESPECTING THE VIEWS OF THOSE THAT HAVE DECIDED TO CONTINUE WEARING FACE COVERINGS AND FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DECIDED TO DON THEIR MASKS.
NEW: Effective March 7, face coverings will become optional, indoors and outdoors, on NYC public school grounds and on school buses, for all K-12 students and staff with a few exceptions.
- Please note that while wearing a face covering will no longer be required, anyone who chooses to wear a mask may continue to do so.
FACE COVERINGS REQUIRED FOR THE FOLLOWING:
Face coverings after return from 5-day isolation: Anyone returning on Day 6 after a positive COVID-19 diagnosis or after having COVID-19 symptoms without testing is still required to wear a well-fitting mask at all times on school property through Day 10.
Face coverings for Early Childhood programs: The indoor mask mandate is still active for LYFE, EarlyLearn (Infants & Toddlers), 3-K, Pre-K, and 4410 classrooms. Children two years old and older, and all staff in these classrooms, must continue to follow the same face covering requirements whether they are in a district school, CBO, or home-based program. Since children under the age of five are not yet eligible to receive the vaccine, face coverings remain our strongest defense against COVID-19 for early childhood populations.
Face coverings in medical rooms/nurses’ offices: Wearing a face covering is still required in medical rooms/nurses’ offices, as well as in School Based Health Centers. Nurses will have masks on hand for anyone entering who needs one.
Face coverings are strongly recommended:
Face coverings following exposure: It is strongly recommended that face coverings be worn when an individual has been exposed or potentially exposed to COVID-19 (in the same room for 15 minutes or longer with a person who tested positive for COVID-19). This face covering should be well-fitting and should be worn for 10 days after the known exposure.