Masks optional in New York state schools starting Monday

(Source: U.S. Army)
(Source: U.S. Army)((Source: U.S. Army))
Updated: Jun. 4, 2021 at 7:20 PM EDT
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state plans to make mask-wearing optional in K-12 schools starting Monday.

The state’s health commissioner announced the plan in a Friday letter to federal health regulators. New York will move forward with the plan unless the CDC provides data or science that “contradicts” that change before Monday. Republicans had urged Cuomo to drop the mandate this week. The release of the letter caught school leaders and teachers unions by surprise.

The CDC recommends schools continue to follow COVID-19 prevention strategies for the rest of the 2020-2021 school year. New York City will continue with its universal mask policy.

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