NEW ROCHELLE, NY — The New York State Department of Health has issued a directive to school districts in New York State: schools are no longer required to have students wear masks while indoors.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidance on Friday stating that fully vaccinated students and teachers no longer need to wear masks in school buildings.
All unvaccinated members of the school community are still recommended to wear a mask, and school administrators can still elect to require universal mask usage based on the needs of the community.
Mask usage for all students, regardless of vaccination status, will continue to be required on school buses, as they are deemed a form of public transportation, according to the CDC.
The City School District of New Rochelle will continue to encourage the use of masks while indoors.
All other safety requirements will remain in effect until further notice.
Guidance for the Fall 2021 school year will be issued by the NYSDOH at a later date.