Prevention (Masks)

To Mask or Not to Mask.....

Mask UP!

Mask Updates

September 15, 2021


September 15, 2021

Now Required at State-Regulated Child Care Facilities for Children Ages Two and Up, All Staff and Visitors

  • Directs Residential Congregate Programs Operated, Licensed, Certified or Approved by the Office of Children and Family Services to Require Masks for All Staff and Residents
  • Directs Programs and Facilities Licensed or Registered by Office of Mental Health, Office of Addiction Services and Supports, Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, and Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance to Require Masks
  • Mask Requirements Apply Regardless of Vaccination Status

Source: New York State Department of Health Website

Tips to Help Kids Wear Masks at School

Thank you parents and guardians! In many ways you have already started helping your child practice wearing a mask for the start of in-person classes. Parents and guardians wearing a mask in front of children and talking with them on what to expect in the upcoming year is very helpful. Below are some additional ideas to help kids cope with masks.

(Updated 8/27/2020)

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MAsk Safety

The old motto of a great defense is the best offense certainly applies to preventing or slowing the spread of contagious viruses like COVID-19.

Especially lately, you have heard the mantra - WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY - and hopefully you do so as you know it is important to prevent spreading or catching germs. But did you know why? And do you know why it is so important to wash for 20 seconds (much longer than you might think as you stand at the sink)? And why soap is such an important component?

Please watch the video below that explains in easy to understand detail, why washing for 20 seconds WITH soap is one of the BEST ways to prevent spreading or catching COVID-19 and other germs.




COVID Cleaners

Cloth Face Masks

Recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the Unvaccinated: 

CDC is recommending the use of a cloth face covering to keep people who are infected but do not have symptoms from spreading COVID-19 to others. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Medical face masks are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders, as recommended by CDC.
  • The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
  • CDC continues to recommend that people try keep about 6 feet between themselves and others.

See the graphics below for very important considerations when using cloth face masks. Remember save the N95 and surgical masks for healthcare professionals. You need to continue to physically distance yourself (social distance), limit trips to the store (only 1 person from each family if safe), wash your hands and stay home . Remember, if you are an essential worker and you are sick, stay home.

Face Cloth Coverings

How to Safely Wear and Store Your Mask

(Updated 4/27/2021)