NEW YORK (AP) — Students, teachers and staff in New York schools are still required to wear masks Monday, despite a conflicting letter from the governor’s health commissioner days earlier. The state education department sent school district leaders guidance Sunday that said schools should keep requiring masks. That guidance was a direct contrast with a letter released by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office Friday. In the letter, State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker told the CDC that New York planned to only “strongly” encourage unvaccinated individuals to wear masks indoors effective Monday unless the agency provided guidance otherwise. That sparked confusion around the state over the weekend.
Photo: FILE – Kindergarten students wear their masks and are separated by plexiglass during a math lesson at the Milton Elementary School, Tuesday, May 18, 2021, in Rye, N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that students no longer have to wear masks while outdoors on school grounds. But students and staff will still have to wear masks for the rest of the school year.(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)