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JUNE 7, 2021


Dear Central Islip Community,

Students, staff and faculty in the Central Islip School District will no longer be required to wear masks outside while on school grounds. All stakeholders are still mandated to wear masks while inside the school buildings. This new protocol aligns with Governor Cuomo’s announcement earlier today. Governor Cuomo’s press release on the revised mask mandate can be viewed below. Again, mask wearing while outside on school grounds is optional. You must still wear masks while inside the school buildings.

Respectfully yours,
Ms. S. Dungee 

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES SCHOOL DISTRICTS CAN ALLOW STUDENTS TO REMOVE MASKS OUTDOORS

Guidance on Mask Use Indoors Remains in Place
Change Aligns Summer Camp Guidance with School Guidance

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that school districts can choose to lift the requirement that their students must wear masks outdoors. Guidance on mask use indoors remains in place. This change aligns New York State's guidance on schools with CDC guidance on summer camps, where even unvaccinated students are not currently required to wear masks outdoors.

"The numbers show that the risk of transmission by children is extremely low, especially in this state, which has an extremely low positivity rate. We spoke with the CDC, and since they're not going to change their guidance for several weeks in New York State, we're going to modify the CDC guidance and allow schools to choose no mask outside for children," Governor Cuomo said. "We'll leave that up to the local school district and we spoke to the CDC, which has no objection. It's very important that people understand the logic between these decisions and that they're rational and based on the science and the data. We have a disconnect right now between the school guidance and the camp guidance, and it's important to rectify it because if people don't think the rules are logical, then they're not going to want to follow the rules."

On May 24, Governor Cuomo announced that based on the current COVID trajectory, all New York State schools will reopen for full in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year beginning in September. 




JUNE 6, 2021
Dear Central Islip Community,

The Central Islip School District has shared the letter that New York State’s Health Commissioner, Dr. Howard Zucker, sent to the CDC Friday regarding New York relaxing mask restrictions on students and school staff regardless of vaccination status.

A short time ago, the District received further information from the New York State Education Department. The Education Department has informed schools that Dr. Zucker’s letter does not change the current requirements in place for mask wearing in schools. The requirement for students and staff to wear masks while in classrooms and on school property remains in place.

The Central Islip School District will continue to follow the guidance from the New York State Department of Health and the New York State Education Department regarding the mask requirement. If and when new guidance is issued, we will keep you updated.

Admittedly, Dr. Zucker’s letter has led to a confusing weekend. Although we are ready to see the smiling faces of all stakeholders, especially the students, we have no choice but to stay CI strong and compliant with mandated directives.

All students, faculty and staff are to wear masks when on school grounds until further notice.

Respectfully  yours,
Ms  S. Dungee 

 

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