Message from Superintendent Glover
June 6, 2021
Dear Parents & Guardians,
There has been an important update on the district’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As you are aware, on Friday, Dr. Zucker, the NYS Commissioner of Health, issued a letter to the Center for Disease Control, which outlined possible modifications to the current daily operating guidelines for school districts, specifically regarding the wearing of masks. While this was welcomed news, it is important to note that this letter did not modify the existing guidelines, but rather offered what the modifications might entail, if the CDC provides authorization.
Earlier today, all school districts in New York State received an email from the state education department that stated that schools should continue to operate under their existing procedures until further notice. No changes have been, or will be, made by the Governor until after Monday June 7th to afford the CDC an opportunity to respond to Dr. Zucker’s letter.
However, the Washington County School Superintendents are extremely concerned for the safety of our students with the predicted high temperatures this week. As a result, we will allow individuals to remove their masks, while indoors, as long as there is six feet of separation. While seated at desks, students and staff may remove their masks; masks will be required for movement though.
I remain hopeful that additional guidance will be issued soon. In the meantime, I continue to appreciate your patience and support as we work through this challenging time together.