June 8, 2021: Face masks no longer required outdoors on school grounds; must be worn indoors
On June 8, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Superintendent Peter Smith sent the following letter via SchoolMessenger to J-D families and staff.
Dear J-D families and staff,
On Monday, June 7, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the state will be allowing schools to lift their requirements for individuals to wear face masks outside on school grounds.
The Governor said that based on guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, schools must continue to enforce the requirement for students, staff and visitors to wear face masks while inside school facilities.
Following the Governor’s statements, the New York State Department of Health issued new guidelines for schools, which include the requirement that all individuals continue to wear face masks indoors and on school buses. The guidance lifts the requirement that face masks be worn outside, including during athletic practices and contests.
As of Wednesday, June 9, in alignment with the official state Department of Health guidance, the Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District will no longer require individuals to wear face masks while outdoors on our properties. Anyone who chooses to still wear a face mask outdoors will be allowed to do so. Face masks will continue to be required indoors and on school buses.
We will continue to monitor and report to the state and on our district website any positive COVID-19 cases and share with you via SchoolMessenger any news that alters our policies and procedures related to COVID-19 and our school operations.
I know there was some confusion as the media reported last week that face masks would no longer be required in schools. I appreciate everyone’s patience as we sorted through this latest news so we could make decisions that follow with the guidance from our public health officials and provide the safest environment possible for our school community.