CDC recommends wearing masks in school, regardless of vaccination status

This new guidance applies to all students, staff, teachers and visitors.

News 12 Staff

Jul 28, 2021, 12:15 AM

Updated 1,051 days ago

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The CDC is recommending everyone wear masks in school this fall, regardless of vaccination status.
This new guidance applies to all students, staff, teachers and visitors.
It also reflects last week's recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics, which urged all kids ages 2 and up to wear masks when returning to the classroom.
School districts in the Hudson Valley are now waiting on guidance from New York's Health Department as they adjust with weeks to go before the new year begins.
"Our reopening committee will consider the New York state guidelines and chances are our reopening committee will follow the New York state Department of Health guidelines as we have throughout the pandemic," says White Plains Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Ricca.
Gov. Andrew Andrew Cuomo says the state Health Department is reviewing the new CDC guidance and will decide on whether to adopt it soon.
“New Yorkers beat back COVID before - going from the highest positivity rate on the globe to one of the lowest - by staying smart, following the science, and having each other’s backs, and that’s exactly what we’ll keep doing in this next phase of the pandemic. We are reviewing the CDC’s new recommendations closely in consultation with federal and state health experts,” said Gov. Cuomo.


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