Masking Guidelines - UPDATED June 7, 2021
UPDATE - June 7, 2021
Effective immediately, students and staff will no longer be required to wear masks while outdoors. This was confirmed by Governor Cuomo at a press conference today and will be implemented tomorrow.
At the same press conference, the Governor stated that mask-wearing guidance while indoors has not changed. In the absence of a change, we must continue to require students and staff to wear masks while indoors. We are giving our staff additional discretion in allowing mask breaks, water breaks, etc. but we will otherwise keep this policy in place until we receive more guidance.
Thank you for your patience as we approach the end of the school year.
June 6, 2021
We have received clarification from New York State Education Department that the Governor’s news release on Friday did not constitute a change in mask wearing guidance for schools. We appreciate that there is a lot of confusion and misinformation circulating about the Governor’s communications. We have been informed that the existing school guidance with regard to masking remains in effect until it is officially updated. We will be watching intently for new information and guidance as it is released, and we will communicate as soon as we know something more.
For tomorrow, we will expect students and staff to wear masks. We have successfully stayed open this year utilizing our existing safety protocols, and we hope that we can finish the school year without any major issues by keeping our masking protocols in place until we have official notification that it is safe to proceed without masks. Due to the heat, we will encourage masking, as tolerable, when outdoors.
Thank for your patience as we continue to navigate these ever-changing times!
June 4, 2021
We are aware of the recent news article announcing the potential for new guidance regarding school masking that is expected for next week. It is our understanding that the NYS Department of Health has shared a plan with the CDC to seek their feedback before they issue anything official. At this point, we have no official guidance, but we are expecting to hear more in the next few days. We will continue to monitor and evaluate as soon as we receive the official information from the NYSDOH in order to determine the appropriate and safe path forward for the students and staff at Wheatland-Chili. We appreciate your patience.