IMPORTANT UPDATE: NYSED orders no change in mask policy

Dear Goshen Schools family,

On Friday, the district issued a statement to families and employees regarding its intent to follow the guidance of Dr. Howard Zucker, New York State Department of Health Commissioner, regarding the release of mask requirements in New York schools. We regret to inform you that this afternoon at 2 p.m., the New York State Education Department issued a statement to school superintendents informing them that schools must continue to adhere to the mask mandate for students and employees.

Please note the following correspondence from NYSED:

“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.

“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, 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.”

Unfortunately, we are unable to waive the mask requirement for Monday, June 7. We understand that many members of our school community may feel angry and frustrated, while others might feel relieved. This is an emotional time for many. We will continue to monitor the situation and relay information to our schools as it unfolds.

Please note that more mask breaks will be provided to students as we head into higher temperatures this week. Please send your child with a water bottle so he or she can hydrate throughout the day.

Daniel T. Connor
Superintendent of Schools