NYSED orders no change in mask policy will take place until CDC responds to NYSDOH letter

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Minisink Valley school community:

Please be advised of the communication all school districts received 2 p.m. today, June 6 from the New York State Education Department regarding State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker to the CDC on Friday, June 4:

“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.

Dr. Zucker’s June 4 letter to the CDC

“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 (of the governor’s office) 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 will update the community when more definitive information is released. Thank you for your attention to this important information.


Brian C. Monahan