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COVID Notes: State Updates School Policy Recommendations


State Health reports Cortland County had 2 new COVID cases as of its Monday count.

Tuesday afternoon, Marathon Schools announced masks will be optional on school buses and in buildings. The district will offer its “Test to Stay” program for asymptomatic unvaccinated students who may have been exposed to positive individuals.

Starting today, March 2, SUNY Cortland no longer requires masks in indoor spaces, following the guidance of the CDC. Students are still required to be vaccinated and boosted, and surveillance testing will continue on campus.

As promised, Homer School Superintendent Thomas Turck reported to parents the latest state guidance following the expiration of the mask mandate. He shared a reminder that if someone becomes COVID-19 positive, they must remain home for five days. They may return on days 6-10 if they wear a mask. If they refuse, they must stay out of school for the full ten days.

Masks are no longer mandatory for children two or older at child care centers in our state, effective today, according to the state Office of Children and Family Services.

The SUNY Cortland COVID state test site remains open weekdays 8:30 to 4 at the Chugger Davis Building. Appointments are encouraged.

Link to updated school recommendations from NYSDOH can be found HERE

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