Masks at School

Greetings Holley Families,

On June 4, Dr. Howard Zucker, the Commissioner of the NYS Department of Health, sent a letter to the CDC with the intent to obtain a response from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding differing standards, specifically on mask wearing, for summer camps and schools. Although encouraging, this letter didn’t actually change the current guidance issued by New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), as many believed. Additionally, the State Education Department (SED) issued a statement on June 6 indicating that schools should continue to operate under their existing procedures until further notice.  

While waiting for the official guidance from NYSDOH to be issued, students should continue to wear a mask at times in school (and on the bus) when they can’t be socially distant. Students will not be required to wear masks when outside (PE, recess, tennis courts, playgrounds, etc.). Given the weather forecast for this week, extra attention will be given to provide students with ample opportunities to not wear masks and have reduced levels of activity.

I am fully aware of the confusion and frustration this situation has caused, and thank you for your understanding of our need to continue to adhere to NYSDOH regulations. I will communicate with families and staff as soon as we receive further guidance from NYS regarding mask wearing at school.

Sincerely,

Brian Bartalo
Superintendent of Schools

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