Mask Update

Mask Update
Posted on 06/06/2021
Mask Update

Updated: June 8, 2021

As you know, the update sent on Sunday evening included the change in mask wearing protocols eliminate face masks being required to be worn outdoors on our campus. On Monday, the Governor reiterated this change during his press conference. This was also confirmed in the recently released New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) INTERIM GUIDANCE FOR IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION AT PRE-K TO GRADE 12 SCHOOLS DURING THE COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY document language.

This means that students, staff and visitors on Brockport Central Schools campus are not required to wear masks while outdoors on our campus. Those who prefer to continue wearing a mask outdoors will also be supported. This change applies to before the school day, during the school day, and after the school day. Some during the school day examples include but are not limited to, recess, outdoors physical education classes and any other classes held outdoors.

Unfortunately, the Governor backtracked on his intent of also eliminating masking requirement indoors. While his press conference could have been confusing, it is clearly stated in the attached document that masks are still required indoors for all schools in New York State. We are continuing to advocate for a return to normalcy in schools before the end of this school year, and we are looking forward to COVID-19 protocol equity in New York State schools for the upcoming school year.

In addition to the NYSDOH INTERIM GUIDANCE FOR IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION AT PRE-K TO GRADE 12 SCHOOLS DURING THE COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY document being attached to this email, you may also find it at the link below:

As always please contact your school principal, immediate supervisor, district office or me with any questions.

Thank you, 

Sean Bruno, Superintendent of Schools

Dear Brockport Colleagues and Families,

On Friday, we shared that Dr. Zucker, NYSDOH Commissioner of Health, released a letter he sent to the CDC regarding changes to K-12 camp and school guidance.  We have been working over the weekend to verify the potential changes from NYS and review how these changes affect our other protocols including daily health screenings, social distancing, contact tracing and quarantining.

This afternoon, I received the following update from the New York State Department of Education:

“Dear Colleagues,

As of September 1, 2020, school districts were permitted to reopen, under Executive Order 202.60, “subject to adherence to Department of Health issued guidance and directives.”  These have included the submission of reopening plans to address, among other things, distancing and health requirements.

SED has been in communication with Executive staff regarding the attached letter from Dr. Howard Zucker, New York State Commissioner of Health.  According to conversations with Executive staff, the intent of this letter was to obtain a response from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding differing standards for summer camps and schools; it has not changed any existing arrangements. 

Therefore, schools should continue to operate under their existing procedures until further notice.  No changes have been, or will be, made by the Executive until after Monday June 7 to afford the CDC an opportunity to respond to the letter.”

I look forward to Governor Cuomo and Dr. Zucker following through with keeping their word regarding the changes within their stated timeline, but until then, masks indoors are still required for all students and staff in Brockport schools and on Brockport buses.

You will be notified as soon as changes are official. Until then, we respectfully request that everyone continue to be patient and supportive of one another so we all may enjoy the last few weeks of our school year.

That said, considering the expected high temperatures this week, each class must have frequent, safe mask and water breaks. Each class may take students outdoors whenever necessary. Additionally, masks may be removed while outdoors with proper social distancing. 

We share your frustration with the confusion Governor Cuomo and Dr. Zucker have caused, and we want to thank you for your continued patience, understanding and support. 

Thank you, 

Sean Bruno, Superintendent of Schools

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