Masking Update

Masking Update
Posted on 02/28/2022
Masking Update

On Friday, February 25, the CDC updated their COVID-19 mask guidance for optional masking in Monroe County while indoors at schools and on school buses. Governor Hochul then announced that as of Wednesday, March 2, masking indoors while at school and on school buses will no longer be required by New York State.

Therefore, beginning on Wednesday, March 2, masking will be optional in Brockport schools and on our buses. Please understand that masks are still required February 28 and March 1. We would like to thank everyone for your on-going support to ensure we are aligned with our requirements.

While this update came sooner than anticipated, we have been preparing for this shift. We will continue to provide masks (including masks with 95% filtration) for students and staff who would prefer to continue masking. This change will also diminish the need for distancing in cafeterias and faculty rooms. However, we will continue to provide six-foot distancing for students and staff as needed. Transition for our cafeterias will begin this week but may take until March 7 for all cafeterias to be fully returned to pre-pandemic conditions.

Please note that the NYSDOH website has not yet been updated, but we anticipate it will be by Wednesday. Should there be any additional information or details from NYSDOH or MCDOPH, we will communicate those as soon as possible.

We understand that this news will bring relief to some and cause apprehension for others. Our goal during this transition is to create safe spaces for all students and staff members. As our District transitions to a mask-optional school environment, we ask families to carefully consider their masking expectations and discuss these with their children. Providing the reasoning behind your decision and explaining why others may make a different choice promotes understanding and respect. Regardless of mandates or changes, it is important that everyone in our District feels safe and comfortable, free of judgement or ridicule.

Our school staff will work hard to ensure all students- masked or unmasked - are treated with dignity and respect. We will continue to follow our Code of Conduct and focus on what unites us rather than what divides.

Thank you to all our students, staff, families and community members for your tremendous support, dedication and patience over the past two years. We have such a wonderfully supportive, caring and tightknit community, and it is important that we continue this tradition as we transition toward a new normal.

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