Letter: Update on MACS outdoor masking policy

June 8, 2021

Dear MACS Family and Community,

Late yesterday evening we received updated guidance from the New York State Department of Health regarding masking:

     • Face masks are required at all times in indoor school facilities, except for meals.

     • Effective June 7, 2021, face masks are not required to be worn outdoors on school grounds, including during outdoor 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.

The loosening of that restriction means that we have the option of allowing our students, staff and visitors to be outside without masks for recess, Physical Education, sports practices and games, and other activities. Beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, June 9, MACS will no longer require masking while outdoors on campus. If applicable, for sporting events after school today (6/8), you may give permission to your child’s coach for your child to remove their mask for those activities and guests will not be required to wear masks. Social distancing protocols will still apply throughout campus.

If you as a parent or guardian wish to have your child wear a mask while outside, please let the teacher know and we will support you in that decision. We will not compromise safety and appreciate your patience as we continue to navigate the pandemic.

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s principal or me. Thank you for partnering with us to educate your child!

Dr. Runner