ALBANY, N.Y. (WROC) — The New York State Department of Health has released new guidelines for schools bringing more students to the classroom for in-person instruction.

The new guidance recommends physical distancing requirements dependent on grade level, with a minimum of 3 feet for elementary school students. Middle and high schools may shift from the 6-foot requirement to the new 3-foot requirement, depending on cohort sizes in the schools and rates of infection on the county level.

A 6-foot distance will always be required between adults, between a student and an adult, during meal times, and in common areas outside the classroom.

Parents, teachers, staff members, and local health departments must be given an opportunity to provide feedback before any changes are made to decrease distancing requirements at any individual academic institution.

The guidance also requires face masks be worn at all times, except during meals.

View the full guidance below: