Expected NYSDOH guidance issued; mask wearing required for all persons in school buildings

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Attention Minisink Valley school community:

In preparation for the Sept. 1 opening of schools, we’re sharing the New York State Department of Health’s Aug. 27 emergency regulation/directive on the wearing of masks in all school buildings for anyone age 2 and older:

“Effective immediately, in accordance with the Commissioner’s Determination issued pursuant to 10 NYCRR 2.60, any person over the age of 2 (including all students, personnel, teachers, administrators, contractors, and visitors) must wear masks at all times indoors in P-12 school buildings, regardless of vaccination status. People with medical or developmental conditions that prevent them from wearing a mask may be exempted from mask requirements, as documented by a medical provider. People do not need to wear masks when eating, drinking, singing, or playing a wind instrument; when masks are removed for these purposes, individuals must be spaced six feet apart. All mask requirements must be applied consistently with any state and federal law (e.g., Americans with Disabilities Act).”

Please use these last few days before opening day to be sure your student is reacclimated to wearing masks. There will be plenty of mask breaks throughout the school day.  Reminder: masks are not required for outdoor activities.

Additional information: Aug. 27 NYSDOH directive:  Face Coverings for the prevention of COVID-19