Earlier today, Governor Hochul announced that, while the indoor mask mandate for business will end tomorrow, masks will still be required in certain settings, including schools. The governor also indicated that test kits will be sent to students prior to the winter break (for use prior to returning to school on Monday, February 28).
She then stated that in early March the state will make an assessment on mask protocols in schools based on the latest metrics. This includes cases per 100K, percent positivity, hospital admissions, pediatric hospitalizations, vaccinations, and global trends.
The state is currently drafting proposed guidelines (if the mask mandate were to end) based on feedback from state education groups.
As more information is forthcoming, we will continue to keep all of you updated about any changes.
Respectfully, Antonio Abitabile LCSD Superintendent