On Friday afternoon, New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker issued a letter informing the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that New York would ease the mask requirements in schools as early as Monday, June 7.
Please note that, at this time, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk and other public schools have received no definite regulatory guidance from the state regarding changes to mask requirements or any other changes to COVID health and safety protocols. As a region, the 24 districts that comprise Capital Region BOCES (including RCS) will make no change to mask policies until such guidance is received. Mask wearing will continue in accordance with school district Reopening Plans that were developed based on the comprehensive state guidance of last summer.
District mask policies include requirements for mask use on school buses, in classrooms, in school hallways and on playgrounds. Students regularly take mask breaks through the school day. These breaks, with appropriate social distancing, will likely be more frequent as temperatures continue to rise over the next few weeks.
We have about 15 days of school left and, through their diligence around COVID-safety, our students and staff have made it possible for us to hold in-person instruction for most of this school year. Our safety protocols have kept our students and staff safe. Updated official guidance on COVID health and safety protocols may come soon. If and when it does, RCS will gather our reopening committee(s) to examine whether changes should be made to our district Reopening Plans prior to the conclusion of this school year.