Westchester County has partnered with the Westchester County Superintendent’s Association to distribute thousands of child-sized masks at school districts across the County. The mask distribution is part of an ongoing effort by Westchester County to protect children who are not yet eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. This latest stop was at Eastview Middle School in White Plains where the County delivered 1600 masks.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said: “Until all our children are fully vaccinated, protecting them from this virus remains a top priority. Masks paired with social distancing and hand washing can help. The County’s role is to be a partner with the school district, to provide them with the help they need to protect their students.”

White Plains Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Joseph Ricca said: “Throughout the pandemic, the partnership between the local school district and the Westchester County government has been truly amazing. County Executive Latimer has assisted us since day one of the outbreak. Today, we are grateful to receive over 1,000 masks to support the WPCSD educational community. Our thanks and appreciation to all of our colleagues at the County for their amazing support.”

White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach said: "Thank you to Westchester County and County Executive Latimer for making masks available to our younger students in White Plains who are not yet eligible for vaccination. Wearing a mask, especially while indoors and in close proximity to others, has been shown to be effective in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This distribution effort is a great example of how different entities -- the school district, the city and the county - are all working together to address COVID-19."

The County has procured more than 200,000 child-sized masks for students up to 12 years old.

Masks have already been delivered to:  Rye Neck UFSD, Croton-Harmon UFSD, White Plains CSD, Somers CSD, Pleasantville UFSD, Dobbs Ferry SD, Yorktown CSD, UFSD Tarrytowns, Greenburgh-North Castle UFSD, Pelham Schools, Ossining UFSD, Mount Pleasant CSD, Byram Hills CSD, Bedford CSD, Blind Brook Schools. Elmsford UFSD, Port Chester UFSD, Bronxville School District, Scarsdale Schools, Mamaroneck Union Free School District, Harrison Central School District, Yonkers Public Schools, Tuckahoe UFSD, Edgemont UFSD and the Boys and Girls Club of New Rochelle.