Indoor School Mask Requirements Remain Unchanged

Masks no longer required outdoors at schools

Wearing of masks/protective face coverings for students, staff and all essential visitors to our schools (including parents/guardians) is still required indoors at all times, including on the school bus and in classrooms, even when six-foot physical distancing is possible. This is in accordance with the Reopening Plan developed by our BOCES prior to the start of the school year.

Students will be allowed to remove face coverings during meals and for short breaks as long as they maintain appropriate social distance. Mask breaks will be allowed, and encouraged, especially during warmer days.

Effective June 7, 2021, and based on guidance from New York state, students, faculty, staff and other individuals at Capital Region BOCES are no longer required to wear face masks outdoors on school grounds. Nothing prevents anyone from wearing an acceptable face mask voluntarily on school grounds. 

“Ensuring the health and safety of our students and staff while they are in our schools and programs remains a top priority for us,” said Capital Region BOCES District Superintendent Anita Murphy. “As we have done throughout the pandemic, we are basing our decisions, including this elimination of an outdoor masking requirement, on guidance from the state health department.”

View Capital Region BOCES Reopening Plan for more details about masks and face coverings on our campuses, and in our schools and programs