Mask Update 3.1.22

Mask Update 3.1.22
Posted on 03/01/2022
letter from the superintendent

Dear Rondout Valley School Community:

As per Governor Hochul’s announcement on Sunday 2/27, effective Wednesday (3/2):

· Masks will be optional in all Rondout Valley School Buildings and on buses. The decision of an individual to wear a mask (or not) while inside our buildings, will be respected by all students, staff, and guests.

· In our classrooms, seating arrangements, partnerships and groupings will not be adjusted based on an individual’s mask choice.

· Class assignments and bus routes for students will not be adjusted based on the staff member’s mask choice.

· At this time, individuals recovering from COVID on days 6-10 are required to wear a mask inside and while riding district transportation based on the current NYSDOH guidance. This is the only scenario inside our buildings and on District transportation where our staff will monitor masking.

Please be aware adjustments may be made to the above procedures once RVCSD receives and reviews the forthcoming written guidance from the NYSDOH or if the UCDOH issues an indoor mask requirement for all public schools in Ulster County.

The Governor’s decision reflects several key changes by the CDC to its guidance on Friday, Feb. 25. These changes include using new community metrics to determine when masking is recommended. The CDC now only recommends masking in indoor settings, including in schools, in areas with a community transmission rate that is “high.” Ulster County’s community level is currently categorized as “low.”

While the removal of the state’s mask mandate had been anticipated, this will be a period of transition for all of us — students, staff, and families. Please remember to remain kind and respectful and appreciate the personal choices of our classmates and staff members. We ask that parents and guardians to take time to have family discussions about the option to wear a mask beginning Wednesday and to reinforce the message for everyone to continue to be courteous and kind at school.

As always, thank you for your patience, understanding and partnership as we adjust to the everchanging situation we all face. We will update our plan once we receive more information.


Respectfully,

 

Joseph Morgan, Superintendent of Schools