Mark Update 2-10-22

Mask Update
Posted on 02/10/2022

Dear Parents & Guardians,


At a February 9th press conference, Governor Hochul indicated that the statewide indoor mask mandate will be repealed, effective Thursday, February 10, 2022.  However, she further noted that the mask mandate for schools and certain other congregate settings will remain in effect.

The Governor indicated that in order to determine the next steps regarding universal masking in schools, following the February school recess period, the state will evaluate metrics such as:

(1) cases per 100,000
(2) percent positivity
(3) hospital admissions
(4) pediatric hospitalizations
(5) vaccinations
(6) global trends


I know that this is not the announcement we were hoping for from the Governor.  Please know that this is not a district, county, or BOCES wide-decision.  This is a mandate directly from the Governor’s Office and the Department of Health.  All New York State schools are required to comply in order to operate.


As more information becomes available, I will do my best to keep you as informed as possible.


As always, we at the Fort Edward Union Free School District appreciate your patience and support as we work through this time together.



Mark Bessen

Interim Superintendent