Red Raider Community:
Last night, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention issued new recommendations for mask wearing.
Unfortunately though, while the new guidance is a welcomed change, the current mask mandate in schools from New York State remains in place. The Governor announced last night the NYSDOH is reviewing the new guidance from the CDC, and will inform us when ready.
As part of the district’s advocacy efforts, and in cooperation with the 31 component school districts in the WSWHE BOCES, I have signed onto a letter (attached) addressed to Governor Hochul and Health Commissioner Bassett urging New York State to remove the mandate for masking in school facilities and on school buses as soon as possible and before we return from the February recess period.
Throughout the weekend I will remain in communication with our legislative partners and work to ensure that our community’s voice is heard. If there is any new information or changes in the COVID protocols prior to our return from the February recess period, I will make sure to provide our community with that information as soon as possible.
Any change to the masking mandate prior to returning on Monday morning will prompt a change in our Virtual Coffee Chat currently scheduled for Wednesday. The purpose of the chat is to allow us to hear your concerns and for us to share our plan to support all students and staff during a transitional period where we expect mixed mask wearing in the classroom. Therefore, if necessary we will host the Coffee Chat on Sunday at 7:00pm.
Thank you for your continued support and patience as we work through this challenging time together as #OneMechanicville.