Parents react to new state guidance on school masking |

Parents react to new state guidance on school masking

Stephanie Duprey
Updated: June 07, 2021 11:59 PM
Created: June 07, 2021 11:49 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The bleachers were full at high school games across Monroe County Monday night. Spectators were distanced, but not many masks were visible. 

It was a whirlwind of confusion for parents, students, and school officials over the weekend, trying to figure out how to implement what they thought was new guidance. Parents say the normalcy they feel now is as real as it's been since the start of the pandemic.

"My grandson is playing, and we have all the grandkids here, so it’s nice to enjoy being out here at the game and start to have things back to normal again,” Greg Doud, a Greece grandparent, said.

Not many people sitting in the bleachers or a lawn chair, or standing on the sidelines had masks on, and some say that was a rule they didn't mind playing by.

"You can see smiles instead of just having to watch the crease in your eyes and having spectators here, there is more here, so it’s wonderful," Laurie Saucke, a Greece parent, said.

As it stands now, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says students no longer have to wear masks outside. Dozens of spectators were out in Greece and Brighton cheering on baseball and lacrosse players. While parents are happy not having to grab masks before heading out the door, some are frustrated with last-minute mask guidance. They don't think it’s fair that some schools are making their own rules while some aren't.

"It’s very frustrating," Lynn Knauf, a Brighton parent, said. "You have one district that is a mile away do something different than our district. Even at prom, my son couldn't bring his long-term girlfriend but Churchville-Chili could." 

Others tell News10NBC that they think the surrounding districts are doing well with the hand they've been dealt.

"I think they've handled it well to the best of their ability, and every family has to handle it how they feel most comfortable,” Casey Saucke, another Greece parent, said.

Masking inside schools will remain until the end of the 2021 school year. On Friday, New York state health officials said they were planning to relax all the school masking guidelines Friday but pulled back on those plans Monday.

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