We have 42 children out sick today and have been short-staffed for weeks! I was in two K/1 classrooms today, each with only 13 kids. In response to the current high rates of flu and other respiratory conditions, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) has issued a universal indoor masking recommendation for all indoor settings, including schools. I encourage everyone to mask up as we head into the winter season. As a reminder, masks should cover the nose and the mouth, resting snugly above the nose, below the mouth, and on the sides of the face.