School districts hoping for updated state COVID guidance ahead of new school year

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WATERTOWN — While the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has given updated mask guidance this week, and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has said school districts should prepare to take aggressive action as virus cases rise across the state and country, school districts continue to wait for updated state guidance ahead of the new school year.

The CDC recommended Tuesday that some people vaccinated against COVID-19 resume wearing face masks indoors in areas of “high” or “substantial” transmission of COVID-19.

All students, staff and visitors to K-12 schools should wear masks when students resume in-person learning in the fall, regardless of vaccination status, the CDC said, though it’s unclear still if New York state will change its mask mandates.

Gov. Cuomo has said the state is reviewing the CDC’s new recommendations closely in consultation with federal and state health experts.

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