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District letter on mask wearing policy for the remainder of the 2020-21 academic year

To our community, 

As you may have seen recently, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) relaxed its guidance on mask-wearing for vaccinated individuals. This is exciting news, and indicates another step toward a return to normal. However, at this time, the Voorheesville Central School District is continuing our mask-wearing and social distancing protocols as have been established by the CDC, the New York State Department of Health, and the Albany County Department of Health. The district has, and will continue to, follow these agency guidelines. 

The CDC has recommended that school districts continue mask-wearing and social distancing protocols for the remainder of the 2020-21 academic year. The reasoning can be found here, but is broken down into two major points: 

  1. Students will not be fully vaccinated before the end of the 2020-21 school year.
  2. Schools need time to make systems and policy adjustments. 

Prior to making any changes to our health and safety protocols, we will notify the VCSD community. 

We look forward to receiving updated guidance from national, state, and local health officials that will allow us to have as many students as possible return for in-person learning next school year. And we thank you for continuing to follow our district procedures for keeping our students and staff safe as you have throughout this pandemic. 

Sincerely, 

Frank Macri
Superintendent of Schools