Senator Helming Statement on Updated School Guidance for In-Person Learning

“Under cover of darkness, it appears the New York State Department of Health has updated school reopening guidance to align with the CDC’s recommendation of 3 feet of distance in the classroom. The guidance also allows for 6 feet of distance for music and the arts.

I have requested an official communication from the Department of Health on this updated guidance, which can be found here (see pages 7-9):

We should always be doing what’s best for our young people. Students, families and schools have been waiting more than a month for this guidance. I am hopeful schools can begin to move forward in getting more students back in the classroom full time.”