Superintendent update regarding mask mandate – June 6, 2021

on June 6, 2021

Message from Superintendent letterhead

June 6, 2021

Dear Monroe-Woodbury families and staff,

On Friday, June 4, New York State Commissioner of Health Dr. Howard Zucker issued a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) addressing inconsistencies in the statewide mask mandate, specifically as it relates to schools. (Dr. Zucker’s letter to the CDC is attached for your reference.)

This afternoon the school district received clarification from the New York State Education Department (NYSED). Below is excerpt from the letter we received:

NYSED has been in communication with Executive staff regarding the 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.

We appreciate your ongoing cooperation as we await further changes to the mask mandate. In the meantime, all students and staff will be asked to follow the existing protocols. We will communicate with our families as soon as the district receives updated information.

Our plan remains to conduct in-person school tomorrow, Monday, June 7. The buildings are currently being ventilated and we will continue to monitor the temperatures within our schools. Just a reminder to have your child wear lightweight clothing and stay hydrated. Staff will provide students extended mask and water breaks throughout the day.

Warm regards,

Elsie Rodriguez
Superintendent of Schools


Letter_from_NYSDOH – June 4, 2021