Picente Statement on State Mask Mandate Lift for Schools

“The long awaited next step in our return to normalcy was announced today with the lifting of mask mandates in our schools. Once this state action goes into effect on Wednesday, Oneida County will not have a mask mandate requirement for schools going forward. The data fully supports this decision and it’s time for students and teachers to have the ability to focus on learning first. I support giving parents the choice on whether their children will continue to wear masks and in no way should any student or teacher who chooses to wear a mask be ostracized or bullied in classrooms or on social media.”