Dear DCS Community Member:
As you know, many of the restrictions put in place across the state as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic are changing. That said, it is important to note that many of the health and safety precautions in place for schools have remained unchanged by the New York State Department of Health. This includes face coverings (i.e., masks), which still must be worn by all school students, staff and visitors. This applies to fully vaccinated individuals.
Please know that face coverings continue to be required at events outside, as well. This includes at athletic events, at recess and at end-of-year activities and ceremonies. Face covers must also still be work on the school bus by students, drivers and aides.
Other requirements that continue to be in place in school facilities, per the New York State Department of Health, include social distancing of six feet and daily health attestations. These protocols are in place for all students, staff and visitors, regardless of vaccination status.
Please know that we continue to work very closely with our local health department as we monitor any updated guidance from the New York State Department of Health. As guidance and protocols change, we will provide updates accordingly.
Dr. James Niedermeier