Face Mask Policy to Change in SCSD Starting Wednesday, March 2nd
On Sunday, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul announced that the statewide mask mandate for public schools will expire this Wednesday, March 2nd. Beginning on Wednesday, the Syracuse City School District will no longer mandate mask wearing in our schools and offices. Instead, it will become the choice of an individual student, staff member, or visitor whether or not they would like to wear a mask while in our schools and buildings.
We will provide additional guidance soon on what this transition will look like. In the meantime, please be aware that masks will continue to be required in schools by all students, staff and visitors until Wednesday.
"Some of you have expressed that the mask mandate should have expired long ago; others have expressed that it is ending too soon," Superintendent Alicea said. "I encourage each of you to be respectful of the decisions others are making, whether they choose to mask or unmask. We strive for our schools to remain inclusive, safe, and respectful spaces for everyone!"
We appreciate your cooperation and support as we push through another challenging year adhering to the masking and social distancing guidelines. Further guidance from New York State is expected soon; we will keep you informed as we have more information to share.