Mask Wearing Information 6.6.21

Mask Wearing Information 6.6.21
Posted on 06/06/2021
mask wearing informationDear Rondout School Community:

On Friday the Governor's Office released a letter from NYS Commissioner of Health, Dr. Howard Zucker to the Director of the CDC indicating his intention to suspend the requirement that students and staff in school wear masks, unless the CDC Director provided him with compelling evidence to the contrary. His letter indicated that he might take this action as early as Monday, June 7th. His letter went on to say that it would still be highly recommended that unvaccinated individuals continue to wear masks in schools. He also indicated that the final decision regarding the mask requirement would be a local one.

Today, Commissioner of Education Betty Rosa said schools still are bound by the Governor’s Executive Order, 202.60:
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. Therefore, schools should continue to operate under their existing procedures until further notice. No changes have been, or will be, made by the Executive (Governor) until after Monday June 7 to afford the CDC an opportunity to respond to the letter.

As it stands right now there has been no formal change in the State's requirements. Students and staff must continue to wear masks in schools. The release of this letter on Friday afternoon without any advance notice has created an expectation among parents statewide that there will be an immediate change in policy.

First and foremost, my primary obligation always is to make sure that our schools are safe for every student and every staff member. Unless there is a specific directive to do otherwise from either the Governor's Office, the State Commissioner of Health, or the State Education Department our mandatory mask requirement for all students and staff will remain in effect.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we move toward normalcy for our students, families and staff.

Sincerely,

Joseph Morgan, Superintendent