Per guidance from the New York State Education Department and the New York State Department of Health; the West Canada Valley Central School District is required to maintain current mask-wearing requirements in schools as of now, while officials await further guidance on potential changes to the rules.
Late in the day on Friday, June 4, New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker released a letter he sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention saying the state would ease the mask requirements in schools effective Monday, June 7, to align with guidance for youth camps unless the CDC advises the state before Monday, June 7, that it should not take this action.
During the afternoon of Sunday, June 6, the New York State Education Department provided guidance to schools that after communicating with state executive staff, it was determined that schools should continue to operate under their existing procedures until further notice and that Gov. Andrew Cuomo wouldn’t make any changes until after Monday, June 7, to afford the CDC an opportunity to respond to the letter.
The West Canada Valley School District will consider implementing changes as soon as the proper state agency gives revised guidance. It remains unclear how the CDC will respond to the letter. The rules around mask-wearing in all school settings, social distancing, health attestations, limits to gatherings and quarantines are all still in place for schools at this time