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Mask Guidance From NYSED

June 6, 2021


Good Afternoon Everyone,

This is the letter I received from the New York State Education Department just 45 minutes ago. We will continue to comply with mask guidance until something officially changes.

“Dear Colleagues,

As of September 1, 2020, school districts were permitted to reopen, under Executive Order 202.60, “subject to adherence to Department of Health issued guidance and directives.”  These have included the submission of reopening plans to address, among other things, distancing and health requirements.

SED has been in communication with Executive staff regarding the attached letter from Dr. Howard Zucker, New York State Commissioner of Health.  According to conversations with Executive staff, the intent of this letter was to obtain a response from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding differing standards for summer camps and schools; it has not changed any existing arrangements.  Therefore, schools should continue to operate under their existing procedures until further notice.  No changes have been, or will be, made by the Executive until after Monday June 7 to afford the CDC an opportunity to respond to the letter.”

We are almost at the end of this crazy school year.

Thank you.

Terry Ward
Superintendent of Schools