Buffalo Public Schools to keep mask mandate in place, despite Governor’s decision to drop statewide mandate

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) – Students in the Buffalo Public School District will continue to wear masks in class for at least a week, even after Governor Kathy Hochul announced the statewide mandate would be lifted. Wednesday. Hochul left it to counties and school districts to make their own decisions about classroom masking.

A school district news release says the BPS medical advisory team met with Erie County Health Department partners to discuss COVID-19 metrics to make a decision based on the data. These measures include:

  • Local transmission rates of COVID-19 over the past seven days
  • Current Pediatric Hospitalization Rates
  • Zone Color Identification for Erie County (Orange, Yellow, Green)

BPS says the top priority is keeping students and staff safe at school and says face masks have been proven to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Erie County is still in the CDC’s community transmission level yellow zone. The medical advisory team therefore made the following recommendations:

  1. For the week of Monday 2/28/22, mask mandates will remain in place at all BPS schools and facilities (including all centralized locations)
  2. All people on school and public transport must wear masks
  3. Medical Advisory Team will review data points by 3/4/22 and share adjustments as necessary

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