June 5, 2021
New York State United Teachers President Andy Pallotta issued the following statement yesterday on the state Department of Health’s planned changes to mask guidance for K–12 schools:
“Announcing on a Friday afternoon that masks will now be optional for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people in schools starting Monday — with only three weeks remaining in the school year — is whiplash-inducing news. Short of any additional guidance from the state or the CDC before Monday, we implore school districts to closely evaluate local conditions and connect with their educators and parents to decide the best course of action for protecting their school community.”
Reaction from Canisteo-Greenwood School Superintendent Tom Crook:
As you may have heard, NYDOH released a letter this afternoon to the CDC stating that as of Monday, June 7th students or staff (vaccinated or non-vaccinated) will no longer be required to wear masks.
This came as a shock to all Superintendents and not much has been communicated to us. I wanted to let you know that I am aware of it and will be investigating this weekend. Once it is officially approved by the CDC, I will reach out to all of you.
Yours in service,
Thomas J. Crook