Letter from Superintendent Harper: Masks to be worn in school until more guidance is issued

The following email was sent to the Mayfield school community Monday morning by Superintendent Harper.

Yesterday afternoon, the New York State Education Department issued the following statement regarding mask wearing in our schools: 

“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 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.”

As this matter continues to evolve, we will ensure that we update you with any changes. As always, we thank you for your cooperation and your dedication to the health and wellbeing of our students and faculty and staff.

During these warmer days, faculty and staff are encouraged to allow students to take mask breaks while adhering to social distancing guidelines. A rational and reasonable course of action must be taken to ensure our students’ wellbeing.

Christopher M. Harper
Superintendent of Schools