Dear Hudson Falls Community,
On Friday, June 4, Dr. Howard Zucker, New York State Commissioner of Health issued a letter (click here to read) to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding differing mask policies for summer camps and schools. Media coverage of this letter has led to some confusion and inferred that mask-wearing in schools was optional.
On Sunday, June 6, we wrote to you after receiving guidance from the New York State Department of Education which was contrary to the letter from Dr. Zucker. The New York State Department of Education informed schools that the Department of Health’s letter has not changed any existing arrangements. “Therefore, schools should continue to operate under their existing procedures until further notice.”
Today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that after conferring with the CDC school districts can choose to lift the requirement that their students must wear masks outdoors. Moving forward, Hudson Falls CSD students will not be required to wear masks while they are outdoors during or after school hours.
Our guidance on mask use indoors remains in place due to New York State requirements. To view the Governor’s full press release, click here.
Although we are still awaiting final guidance from the Governor’s office, I wanted to get word to you as soon as possible. Please know that the health and safety of our students will continue to be our top priority.
Thank you for your patience as we make it through these last few weeks of a very difficult year.
Jon Hunter, Interim Superintendent