For the first time in two years, students in New York City were allowed to attend public school without masks on Monday, but some of them said they would keep them on.

At elementary schools and high schools, students and parents alike expressed concern that it was too soon, despite the declarations by Mayor Eric Adams that the city has beaten back the Omicron variant of the virus.

“We did our jobs as New Yorkers, and now we’re winning,” Mr. Adams said in a television interview on Monday on NY1. “Covid is no longer in control of our lives. We are in control of our lives.”

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