Indoor Masking Update: Masks optional in Goshen Schools beginning March 2

The COVID-19 health pandemic has tested the resolve of all New Yorkers.  As leaders, we have been faced with the insurmountable task of preserving the health and well-being of those around us in a landscape that continues to evolve while being mindful of the many personal choices that individuals are being forced to make daily.

Locally, the citizens of the Goshen Central School District have heeded that call to mutually protect their loved ones and those within the communities where they live.

Given the recent announcement by Governor Hochul in accordance with the New York State Department of Health guidelines, the Goshen Central School District will now implement a mask optional practice in all of our schools effective Wednesday March 2, 2022. 

Many of our families, on behalf of children attending our schools, feel adamantly that masks hinder the ability of their children to be successful in the educational setting. Families share concerns that children focus more on adjusting their masks and safety protocols rather than engaging in their classwork.  On the contrary, some families have brought to our attention their desire for their children to continue to wear masks as a mechanism to protect their health while in attendance at school. It is imperative that we respect the personal choice of those around us and be able to civilly discuss our differences.   

Thank you for your patience, cooperation and resolve as we move to this next phase of navigating through the Covid-19 pandemic in our schools.

Respectfully,

The Goshen Central School District Board of Education & Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kurtis Kotes