Superintendent Update regarding mask mandate – June 8, 2021

on June 8, 2021

Superintendent letterhead

June 8, 2021

Dear Monroe-Woodbury families and staff,

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) has updated its mask guidance for schools to align with the most recent recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

It is important to note that students and staff must continue to wear masks when in school buildings according to current DOH and CDC guidelines. This safety protocol will be in place for the remainder of the school year. However, effective immediately, students and staff will no longer be required to wear masks when outside (e.g., recess, physical education classes, athletic events, etc.).

Last evening, the DOH released the following updated information:

Effective June 7, 2021, face masks are not required to be worn outdoors on school grounds, including during outdoor school sports. However Responsible Parties may choose to require face masks outdoors on school grounds subject to the parameters of this guidance. No student, teacher, staff member, or visitor may be prevented from wearing an acceptable face mask voluntarily on school grounds.

Monroe-Woodbury has done an exceptional job of following protocols during these extraordinary times. As we near the end of the 2020-2021 school year, we send a heartfelt thank you to our families and staff for supporting the district’s efforts to keep our school community safe.

Warm regards,

Elsie Rodriguez
Superintendent of Schools