Yesterday, Governor Cuomo stated that the state would relax its mask mandate for schools when students are outside for recess, physical education, interscholastic sports and outdoor classes.
Schodack CSD will implement this policy change and masks will now be optional for all outdoor activities, including athletics, regardless of whether students are engaged in physical activity. Masks will still be required indoors, on transportation, and during transitions in buildings for all students and staff for the remainder of this school year. All other COVID-19 mitigation protocols, including social distancing, will also remain in place.
Updated guidance, released late last evening, indicates that no student, teacher, staff member, or visitor may be prevented from voluntarily wearing a mask outside on school grounds. We will communicate any changes to protocols impacting summer school and the start of school this fall when this guidance is available from the state.