End of Year Celebration Changes
Yesterday afternoon, I received updated guidance with regard to end of year celebrations. From the NYS School Reopening Team:
- As announcedby Governor Cuomo on June 15, 2021, MOST COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted as 70 percent of New Yorkers aged 18 or older have received the first dose of their COVID-19 vaccination series. As New York surpassed that threshold, the State's health guidelines—including social gathering limits, capacity restrictions, social distancing, cleaning and disinfection, health screening, and contact information for tracing—will become optional for most industries, including pre-K-12 education end of year events, provided however there are two exceptions that continue to apply to end of academic year celebrations:
o Masks are still required for unvaccinated individuals, pursuant to federal CDC guidelines.
o Large-scale indoor event venues — defined as venues that have an indoor capacity of greater than 5,000 —will still follow the State's existing health guidance for large events. Specifically, consistent with the State's implementation of the CDC guidelines, proof of vaccination can be used to eliminate social distancing and remove masks for fully vaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated or unknown vaccination status individuals who are over the age of four must continue to present proof of a recent negative diagnostic COVID-19 test result and wear masks within the venue. However, social distancing can be reduced or eliminated between tested attendees, allowing venues to reach 100 percent capacity in all sections.
What does that mean for BCS? Attendance restrictions will be removed from graduation, the preschool end-of-year program, kindergarten graduation, and awards ceremonies. Masks are required for anyone who is not vaccinated, but they may be removed while seated.
Masks continue to be required in schools during instruction when social distancing is not possible.
We are getting closer to normalcy in schools!
Have a great day.