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05/05/21 Letter to Families

June 6, 2021

Golden Knight Community,

I am writing you tonight with regards to the NYSDOH Mask Guidance following a released letter Friday afternoon from NYS DOH Commissioner Howard Zucker to the Director of the CDC.  The letter suggested that there will be changes made in NYS if the CDC doesn't respond with scientific data to counter the direction of aligning summer camp guidance with school guidance.  

As promised we've been monitoring communications, meeting with local health officials and other school officials over the last 24-36 hours.  In an email communication today at 1:43 today, we've been directed by NYSED Commissioner Rosa to continue as we have under current guidance.  Here's the full text of her email to superintendents this afternoon:

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.

As such we will not be making substantive changes to our school reopening plan as there has been NO guidance issued from NYSDOH.  

Within the current NYSDOH Guidance, we are able to address the need for adjusting our mask expectations in response to the heat indexes and classroom environmental temperatures that often impact our students and staff during this month of June

Current NYSDOH Interim Guidance for School Reopening states on page 9, "students who are unable to medically tolerate a mask, including students where such mask would impair their physical health or mental health are not subject to the required use of a mask."  As we've moved through our successful year by meeting the needs of our students, families, and staff with a reasonable, practical, and responsive approach to the pandemic.  We will continue to do just that...much like we would when temperatures drop to dangerous levels for frostbite in the winter, we are issuing a blanket health directive starting tomorrow to address the excessive heat and humidity and elevated classroom temperatures we're experiencing.  

Starting tomorrow, we are clarifying our interpretation of existing guidance and our current plan that due to the excess heat & humidity and elevated classroom environmental temperatures that we are experiencing and will continue to experience through the end of this school year, students and staff are able to remove their masks when:

  • outside on school property during recess, a class experience, or during physical education classes, end of the year events - physical distancing should continue to be implemented when practicable and appropriate
  • inside our school classrooms when physically distant (as we did from Sept 2020 through the April 2021 NYSDOH Guidance change)

Students and staff are to remain wearing masks when in transition on our buses, through our hallways, and at times when physical distancing cannot be practicably implemented while inside our school buildings.

Again, despite the news stories starting this past Friday, there is no change to NYSDOH Guidance for schools.  When there is, we will review changes, consider required changes to our plans, and communicate those changes with you.    

Please remain together in our efforts, the end of this school year is in sight.  We'll get there the same as we have through this entire pandemic...by sticking together, staying focused, and taking care of each other.

Take Care,

David Furletti

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