Good afternoon Blue Devil Students, Families and Staff,
I wanted to make sure that you have seen the news coverage regarding Dr. Zucker and masks in schools. A news story can be seen at https://www.wgrz.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/ny-plans-to-change-mask-guidance-for-schools-monday/71-53f57a09-2461-4ee8-9203-73c80c622270
Unless the CDC shows data that changes things, the New York State Department of Health plans to greatly reduce mask guidelines in schools starting Monday, June 7, 2021.
Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker wrote a letter to the CDC director expressing concerns about the difference in mask guidelines between schools and summer camps, especially because many of those camps are held at schools.
Dr. Zucker says unless the CDC has data to show it shouldn't happen, the state plans to set these guidelines Monday:
- Indoors, mask use will be strongly encouraged but not required for students, campers, and staff/teachers/counselors who are not fully vaccinated.
- Outdoors, masks are not required; students, campers, and staff/teachers/counselors who are not fully vaccinated are “encouraged” to wear a mask in certain higher-risk circumstances.
- Both indoors and outdoors, students, campers, and staff who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear masks.
- Schools and camps may choose to implement stricter standards.
If the CDC responds and these items are not in effect on Monday we will let you know prior to school. If you do not hear from us by Monday morning, then please assume these new changes are in effect across the district.
Thank you all for continued patience and understanding during these trying times.
Anibal Soler, Jr.
Superintendent of Schools