ALBANY (WENY) – Students and teachers in the Empire State will not be required to wear a mask if they’re attending summer school this year.
According to our media partner The Star Gazette, the state Department of Health made the decision Wednesday.
They say that school districts can follow the same masking rules that summer camps and child care facilities have to adhere to.
That means that masks aren’t required unless an individual school district mandates them.
However, the DOH still strongly encourages face coverings in indoor settings when the vaccination status is unknown.
Masks will also still be required on school buses.
No decision has been made yet for the new academic year in the fall but the DOH did say that more information will be shared soon.