Today, during her first address as Governor after being sworn in last night, Governor Kathy Hochul announced that her first priority as Governor is COVID safety.

To that end, Governor Hochul is calling for a statewide vaccine or testing mandate for school staff. She additionally announced that schools will be required to implement a universal masking policy for school staff and students.

The Governor said that she plans to share more detailed guidance later this week and that she understands the desire and needs of schools for more clarity as the school year begins. We will provide you with updates as soon as they become available.

We will discuss this announcement and how to implement these mandates during today’s webinar, “Vaccine Mandates and School Testing,” at 4 pm. To join the webinar, click here.

As always, if you have any questions regarding the impacts of this announcement, please do not hesitate to reach out.