Teachers union calling for masks to be worn at all times in school

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Posted at 7:10 AM, Aug 27, 2020

ALBANY, N.Y. (WKBW) — The New York State United Teachers are holding a press conference on Thursday calling for a strengthened statewide mask mandate in schools, which includes masks to be worn at all times in school.

The teachers union says it will release a letter to the state Department of Health calling for revised school reopening guidance.

“The governor has said — and we agree — that parents and educators must be confident in their school district’s reopening plan in order for this to work,” NYSUT President Andy Pallotta said.

“As we hear of disparate mask procedures and other issues in reopening plans across the state, it’s clear that the state must step in. Making masks mandatory at all times is one step toward helping address the reservations that still exist regarding reopening school buildings.”

The union says the only time masks are not needed are for appropriate break periods and in cases of medical accommodation.

This story originally reported by Paul Ross on