NYC to end school mask mandate Monday for most students

NYC to end school mask mandate Monday for most students

Most New York City students will no longer have to wear masks in schools, Mayor Eric Adams announced Friday, saying that health indicators have improved enough to do away with a layer of COVID protection that has been a staple throughout the pandemic.

Students in kindergarten through 12th grade can shed their masks beginning Monday, March 7. Officials previously announced that children in pre-K and younger, who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated, will have to continue covering their nose and mouth while in schools and daycares.

“We want to see the faces of our children. We want to see their smiles,” Adams said at a press conference in Times Square. “Masks have prevented us from doing so for almost two years.”

After testing positive for COVID, students can return to school without symptoms on Day 6, but will be required to mask up through Day 10. That’s according to state guidance, which also “strongly” recommends that students mask for 10 days after being exposed to someone with the virus.

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