Update on mask-wearing requirement in schools
The following message was sent to General Brown families via ParentSquare on Monday, February 28, 2022:
Dear General Brown Community:
As you are probably aware, Governor Hochul announced yesterday that the statewide mask requirement in schools will be lifted on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. In addition, we have received confirmation from the Jefferson County Public Health Department that they will not require a county mask mandate. In light of this recent news, along with the parent and employee survey results indicating 92.9% in favor of lifting the mask mandate and allowing personal choice in school and at school events, starting Wednesday, students, employees, and visitors will no longer be required to wear face coverings or masks in any of our school buildings or on school buses. Mask wearing will continue to be optional.
As always, we will continue to work with our local county health officials as COVID-19 health and safety protocols evolve. If any additional changes to these protocols are made, we will certainly communicate those to you via ParentSquare and the school website.
We will also begin working with students to raise awareness and provide instruction and the expectation for acceptance as students and employees choose to wear masks or not in school. As you may recall, one of our focus areas for the district’s Strategic Plan 2019-2022 is to focus on a greater sense of inclusion and community. While the masking mandate has been a polarizing political issue, we want to prevent that within our school community so that all individuals feel physically and emotionally safe while at school.
As a reminder, the school district will continue to distribute at-home COVID tests provided by the New York State Department of Health as a mitigation strategy to prevent further spread of COVID-19. We encourage all families and employees to use the at-home tests as a preventative measure or should symptoms arise. Please feel free to request more tests from building principals should you need more.
Thank you for your ongoing partnership and commitment to the General Brown Central School District. Parents should contact their child’s principal and employees should contact their supervisor if you have any questions or concerns regarding the changes to the mask mandate or at-home COVID tests.
Barbara J. Case
Superintendent of Schools