January 25, 2022

NYSUT statement on masking in schools

Source:  NYSUT Media Relations
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ALBANY, N.Y. Jan. 25, 2022 — New York State United Teachers President Andy Pallotta issued the following statement today on mask wearing in schools:

“Public health experts have been clear that masks are an important part of the strategies designed to keep students, educators and our communities safe. Their current guidance is that masking up is the right thing to do, particularly given the still-elevated infection rates. In the meantime, we’re looking to state health officials to set a clear off-ramp for when mask requirements in schools can be relaxed so students, families and educators have some certainty that there is light at the end of this long tunnel.”

READ MORE: "With mask mandate in legal limbo, members strive for school safety and security." Jan. 28, 2022.


New York State United Teachers is a statewide union with more than 600,000 members in education, human services and health care. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.