Mask Update 1-28-22

Mask Update 1-28-2022
Posted on 01/28/2022
Dear Fort Edward School Community,
 
First, I want to take a moment and thank the Fort Edward School community for their continued partnership throughout this period of the pandemic; especially, during this incredibly challenging and confusing week.  A great deal of misinformation has been circulating throughout the state and I want to thank our community for continuing to work with, and trust, the district.  

Since the pandemic began, school districts throughout New York State have been working hard to navigate the ever-changing guidance and state mandates that are issued with little or no advanced communication from the state agencies. This has been an incredible challenge and I am thankful that our community understands that all the enacted mandates and daily protocols are coming directly from Albany and in order for our district to remain open, we are required to comply with the regulatory agencies’ determinations.

Late yesterday, New York state school districts were notified by the Attorney General’s Office that there will not be oral arguments regarding the state’s appeal of the Nassau County Supreme Court decision on Friday.  

Therefore, it is extremely unlikely that there will be a decision from the Appellate Court over the weekend. As a result, New York State’s requirement for masking in school remains in effect and will remain in effect until the NYS Appellate Court takes action.  

Please note, all the Superintendents in the WSWHE BOCES have signed onto a letter forwarded to Governor Hochul and Commissioner Bassett seeking a “Pathway to Normalcy” and have been advocating for a light at the end of the tunnel and return to normal operations.  

Regionally as a group of School Superintendents we have been advocating for two main things. First, a roadmap on masking that emphasizes the idea of an end date. Additionally we are calling for the state
to consider the whole student by not treating differently those who participate in all of our various interscholastic sports and extracurriculars.

As any new information is provided, we will do our best to ensure that we communicate any changes in protocols as soon as possible.

As a district we understand how frustrating, and confusing, all this information has been.  We feel your frustration and have been working with our state representatives on how New York State can move forward and return to some sense of normalcy as soon as possible.  

Sincerely,
Mark Bessen