On Monday, New York Governor Kathy Hochul said New York is easing COVID rules for students ahead of the school year, updating guidelines to align with federal regulations on masking, testing, and quarantining.
Hochul said students no longer have to be isolated if exposed to someone with the virus, and a single COVID case will not result in entire classrooms being sent home.
“There was concern in the classroom, but we now have two years of experience,” Hochul said.
“We know kids are safe in the classroom, and when traditional learning stops, it can be devastating for the well-being of those children,” Hochul added.
She said there would also be no mask mandate.
According to reports, the new rules closely follow recently revamped guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that loosened recommendations regarding social distancing and the length of quarantines.