6/7/21 Mask Update

Dear Waterloo Families,

On Monday, June 7, 2021, the New York State Department of Health released updated guidance for in-person instruction at Pre-K-12 Schools during the COVID-19 public health emergency. This guidance states that school districts can choose to lift the requirement that students must wear masks outdoors, while on school property. The document also states that for schools, mask use indoors remains in place. This change aligns New York State's Guidance for public Pre-K-12 Schools with CDC guidance on summer camps, where even non-vaccinated students are not currently required to wear masks outdoors.

The sections below outline our status regarding this updated guidance.

Indoors:

Based on the updated guidance, our district’s current procedures will not change. These procedures align with the NYS Department of Health Guidelines. Masks are required indoors.

Outdoors:

Students, staff, families, and visitors will no longer be required to wear masks outdoors but may choose to do so at their own discretion. Social distancing requirements remain in place. If students or staff are not socially distanced, then masks must be worn. This guidance includes after school activities outdoors, as well as athletics.

While Riding a School Bus:

All students must wear a properly fitting face covering for the duration of their time on the school bus.

This change in mask protocol is based on the Governor’s announcement on Monday, June 7, 2021, followed by this updated guidance from the New York State Department of Health. The Seneca County Department of Health and our school physician, Dr. Grace Freier support this update to our mask protocols.

The link for this guidance in its entirety is below.

https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/Pre-K_to_Grade_12_Schools_MasterGuidance.pdf 

I appreciate your continued patience and support as we work through another change this year.

Sincerely,

Terri Bavis
Superintendent of Schools