At this time, the State has removed the requirement for masks to be worn outside. This includes athletic contests, recess, gym class, and any other time a student is outside.
However, the mask mandate is still in place inside of school buildings and on school busses. These changes go into effect immediately and will remain in effect until they are changed by the state, the Washington County Health Department, or if the number of cases of COVID-19 increases in the school to the point where we need to move to remote learning. A copy of the updated language is below:
...face masks are not required to be worn outdoors on school grounds, including during outdoor school sports. However, Responsible Parties may choose to require face masks outdoors on school grounds, subject to the parameters of this guidance. No student, teacher, staff member, or visitor may be prevented from wearing an acceptable face mask voluntarily on school grounds.
Due to the warmer weather, we will continue the practice of allowing socially distance mask breaks inside the school building. We appreciate your patience as we worked through the most recent set of guidance changes. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
David J. Glover, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools
Salem Central School District 41 East Broadway, Salem, NY 12865
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