Mask Update June 2021

Mask Update June 2021
Posted on 06/08/2021

June 7, 2021

Subject: NYS Mask Policy for Schools

Dear Fort Edward Families,

On Friday June 4, Dr. Howard Zucker, New York State Commissioner of Health issued a letter (click here to read) to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding differing mask policies for summer camps and schools. Media coverage of this letter has led to some confusion and inferred that mask wearing in schools was optional. 

On Sunday June 6, schools received guidance from the New York State Department of Education which was contrary to the letter from Dr. Zucker. The New York State Department of Education informed schools that the Department of Healths letter has not changed any existing arrangements. “Therefore, schools should continue to operate under their existing procedures until further notice.”

Today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that after conferring with the CDC “school districts can choose to lift the requirement that their students must wear masks outdoors. Guidance on mask use indoors remains in place”. To view the Governors full press release, click here.

Although we are still awaiting final official guidance from the Governors office, I wanted to get word to you as soon as possible. Please know that the health and safety of our students will continue to be our top priority.

Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation as we continue to work through this situation.


Daniel A. Ward

Superintendent of Schools

Fort Edward Union Free School District