Masks are no longer required outdoors on school property

Dear Florida Union Free School District Community,

On Monday, June 7, 2021, Governor Cuomo announced that with approximately two weeks left in the school year, the state would not be issuing amended guidance for wearing masks inside school buildings for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.

Late last evening, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) issued updated interim guidance to notify school districts that they now have the discretion to lift the outdoor mask mandate for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. This modification to state guidance is intended to align the outdoor mask guidance in the school setting with the CDC’s Guidance for Youth Camps.

The updated NYSDOH guidance states:

“Effective June 7, 2021, 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.”

The district will be lifting the outdoor mask requirement, but will honor the rights of individuals who choose to wear masks in the outdoor setting despite this change in state guidance.

Please note that the other precautions that the district has implemented to mitigate against the spread of the novel coronavirus will remain in effect.

Jan Jehring
Superintendent of Schools