June 6, 2021
Dear Fort Plain School Community,
On Friday, June 4, 2021, Dr. Howard A. Zucker, New York State Commissioner of Health, sent a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which indicated that, without information from the CDC to the contrary, effective Monday, June 7, 2021, New York State public schools may lift the mask wearing requirement for students, staff, and visitors on school property. The CDC has not responded to this letter.
Since the issuance of this letter, the Fort Plain School District has received clarification from the Governor’s Office that mask-wearing requirements must remain in place until formal guidance is issued. Therefore, the requirement for masks in schools has not changed.
As this matter continues to evolve, we will promptly update you with any changes. Over the next few days, we anticipate clarification on this matter and intend to work closely with state and local officials regarding Dr. Zucker’s letter and the impact, if any, it may have on the remaining school year.
We thank you in advance for your cooperation and your dedication to the health and well-being of our students and staff.
Superintendent of Schools