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Message From The Interim Superintendent

Dear Parents & Guardians,

 

First, I want to take a moment and thank the Salem community for their continued partnership throughout this period of pandemic; especially, during this incredibly challenging and confusing week. There has been a great deal of information being circulated throughout the state and it can be difficult to decipher; I want to thank our community for continuing to work with and trust the district.  

 

Since the pandemic began, school districts throughout New York State have been working hard to navigate the ever-changing guidance and state mandates that are issued with little or no advanced communication from state agencies. This has been an incredible challenge and I am thankful that our community understands that all the enacted mandates and daily protocol requirements are coming directly from Albany, and in order for our district to remain open, we are required to comply with the regulatory agencies' determinations.

 

Earlier today, New York state school districts were notified by the Attorney General’s Office that there will not be oral arguments in the Appellate Court today regarding the state’s appeal of the Nassau County Supreme Court decision.  The Friday January 28 deadline that was reported is a deadline for parties to submit legal briefs.  Therefore, it is extremely unlikely that there will be a decision from the Appellate Court tomorrow or over the weekend. As a result, New York State’s requirement for masking in school remains in effect. 

 

We will remain vigilant and will do our best to ensure that we communicate any changes in protocols as soon as possible.

 

As a district, we understand how frustrating and confusing all of this information has been. We share your frustration and have been working with our state representatives on how New York State can move forward and return to some sense of normalcy as soon as possible. In addition, you may be aware that all the Superintendents in the WSWHE BOCES have signed a letter forwarded to Governor Hochul and Commissioner Bassett seeking a “Pathway to Normalcy” and have been advocating for a light at the end of the tunnel and return to normal operations.  

As always, I really appreciate your continued support and patience as we work through this challenging time together.

 

Mark E. Doody
Interim Superintendent