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Medical & Mask exemption requests


  • Below is the process for parents/caregivers to request a medical or mask exemption for their child:     
    • Up to date (within 60 days) signed medical documentation on a doctor’s letterhead stating the specific diagnosis (reason) why the student must be considered for a medical OR mask exemption.  The signature must be from a practicing: Licensed Independent Practitioner (LIP), including a Doctor of Medicine (MD), Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO), Physician Assistant (PA) or a Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP).  
    • The medical documentation must be emailed to:  OR  submitted via U.S. mail to Medical Exemption Office, 427 City Hall, Buffalo, NY 14202. 
    • Requests for mask exemptions should also state if the student is unable to wear a face shield as an alternative and if not, the reason why. The LIP must be someone who provides ongoing care for the child.   
  • Documentation will be reviewed by a Medical Review Advisory Team and/or Legal Counsel to determine if the mask exemption will be granted.  
  • Parent/Guardians will be informed of the decision, and schools will be notified of all approved medical and mask exemptions.