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for Chalkbeat: De Blasio keeps mask rules for New York City schools despite CDC changes
josé a. alvarado jr.
Aug 4, 2021
Location: City of New York
New York City schools will stick with universal masking for now, despite new federal guidance that OKs ditching face coverings for vaccinated students and teachers, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday.

Under new guidance released last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention no longer recommends that staff and students who are vaccinated wear masks inside of schools.

The guidance also continues to recommend maintaining at least three feet of distance between people inside of buildings. However, social distancing should not get in the way of fully reopening buildings to every student, the agency said. If students and staff cannot be distanced, schools should take additional precautions, such as indoor masking.

Mayor Bill de Blasio indicated that masking could go away in the fall, but for now schools will stick with face coverings.

“I’m absolutely confident based on this guidance and everything else we’ve seen that we’ll be able to get all our kids back into school in September, but for now [we’re] sticking with the idea that, you know, wearing the masks is a smart thing to do in schools,” de Blasio told reporters. “We’ll keep assessing as we go along, but I think for now it still makes sense.”

Photographed for Chalkbeat with words by Reema Amin.
De Blasio keeps mask rules for NYC schools despite CDC changes
The mayor indicated that masking could go away in the fall, but for now schools will stick with face coverings.
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