Some parents and students are upset that the Smithtown District is continuing to follow New York’s directives, which state that children are still required to wear masks inside school buildings, but they must take them off outside. can.

A letter on the district’s website states that it is the decision of the state and not that of the district.

Masspequa is another community that seems to be getting more frustrated. It was one of three local school districts to ease COVID-19 restrictions earlier this week, but quickly changed course after receiving notices from the governor’s office, making it clear if it would necessarily If he does not wear the mask, he will face monetary fine and school closure. .

The controversy stems from a misleading letter sent by the state health commissioner last week to the CDC regarding mask guidelines.

Dr. Brian Goldstein told Granthshala 5 NY that anyone who hasn’t been vaccinated should continue to follow state directives, especially now that there is growing concern about a possible increase in cases because of the highly contagious Delta variant. is spreading.

“We are getting so close to a point where we can relax all the guidelines and requirements for masks and distancing, but we are not there yet,” he said.

In a statement earlier this week, Cuomo stressed that decisions are based on science and data. Although he had announced that schools could fully reopen in September, it is still too early to say whether masks will be required to be worn inside school buildings.

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