UPDATE: NYS lifts outdoor mask requirements for schools

Dear Goshen Schools community,

Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced that New York will not amend the mask requirement for inside school buildings, and that students and employees must continue to wear a mask indoors for the remainder of the school year. The state cites this decision is largely due to the high number of unvaccinated children, especially since individuals under age 12 are not yet eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

However, the use of masks in outdoor settings has been lifted for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. It is up to the discretion of the school district as to whether or not to follow this updated guidance. This modification is intended to align the outdoor mask guidance in the school setting with the CDC’s Guidance for Youth Camps.

The updated NYS 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.”

Please note that the Goshen Central School District will no longer require masks in an outdoor setting for the remainder of the school year; however, those individuals who would like to wear a mask outdoors may continue to do so.

All other precautions that the district has implemented to mitigate against the spread of the novel coronavirus will remain in effect. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your building principal.

Sincerely,

Daniel Connor
Superintendent of Schools