Long Island school districts' latest reopening plans and mask mandates
Long Island school districts have started announcing plans for reopening this fall, including mask policies, social distancing rules and quarantining protocols. Many districts are still finalizing them.
Citing the contagious delta variant, the CDC released its guidelines recommending masks indoors for all teachers, staff, students and visitors in school, regardless of vaccination status. In addition, the CDC’s order to wear masks on public transportation includes school buses.
Gov. Kathy Hochul, who was sworn in as governor on Aug. 24, said she was ordering a universal mask mandate for everyone in schools. The state health department on Friday filed an emergency regulation requiring face masks inside all public and private school buildings.
Below are some Long Island school districts' plans announced so far. Newsday will be updating this list.