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Important Update to Mask Policy

June 7, 2021

On Friday, June 4, Dr. Howard Zucker, New York State Commissioner of Health issued a letter to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding differing mask policies for summer camps and schools. Media coverage of this letter has led to some confusion and inferred that mask wearing in schools was optional.

On Sunday, June 6, we wrote to you after receiving guidance from the New York State Department of Education which was contrary to the letter from Dr. Zucker. The New York State Department of Education informed schools that the Department of Health’s letter has not changed any existing arrangements. “Therefore, schools should continue to operate under their existing procedures until further notice.”
Today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that after conferring with the CDC “school districts can choose to lift the requirement that their students must wear masks outdoors. Guidance on mask use indoors remains in place.” View the Governor’s full press release.

Although we are still awaiting final guidance from the Governor’s office, I wanted to get word to you as soon as possible. Please know that the health and safety of our students will continue to be our top priority.

In SGF:

  • As of today, all athletes, coaches and spectators will no longer be required to wear a mask while playing on our fields. Athletes will need to have a mask available if other schools require it.
  • As of tomorrow, Tuesday, June 8, students and staff will no longer be required to wear a mask outdoors.
    Students and staff will still be required to wear a mask on the school bus (mass transit guidance has not changed yet) and inside schools (extended mask breaks will continue to be given).

Thank you for your patience as we make it through these last few weeks of a very difficult year.

Sincerely,

Kristine Orr
Superintendent of Schools

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