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Update on Mask Guidance During Summer Programs

To the Brentwood Community:


As some of you may be aware, on Wednesday, July 7 the New York State Health Department released updated guidance regarding mask usage during summer school programs. Due to the consistently low rate of positive COVID cases on Long Island, New York has announced that masks are now optional for indoor or outdoor summer school programs and activities. With this new guidance taken into consideration, the Brentwood School District is no longer requiring masks be worn by students or teachers participating in the district’s summer school program. Students and teachers may continue to wear masks if they so choose but it is no longer a requirement.


The Brentwood School District will continue to adhere to the latest CDC guidance regarding summer camps and other summer programs which was released on May 28, 2021. The most current mandates strongly encourage mask usage but make clear that it is optional and up to the discretion of the individual district and summer programs.


Based upon the updated guidance provided by New York, the Brentwood School District will also implement the following mitigation techniques during summer school instructional programs:
- The use of masks is strongly encouraged but not required.
- Social distancing practices will be implemented in accordance with the number of students in the classroom and based on the size of the learning environment.
- If your child is feeling unwell, the district strongly encourages parents to keep their child home until such time that they are well enough to attend instruction again.
- The same thorough cleaning procedures that were maintained during the 2020-2021 academic year will be upheld for the duration of summer school programs.


Should New York release updated guidance that renders the current information out of date, the district will reassess how the new guidelines impact the procedures currently in place.
The district is looking forward to a great summer full of fun and continued learning.


Stay safe, be well.


Sincerely,
Richard Loeschner
Superintendent of School

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Update on Mask Guidance

To the Brentwood School District community,

As you may be aware, during today’s COVID-19 briefing Governor Cuomo announced that all current CDC mask mandates for schools remain in effect. As such, all New York State mask mandates regarding in-school activities and events remain unchanged. The only update to mask guidance for New York State schools, as indicated by Governor Cuomo, is the regulation of masks and face coverings for outdoor settings.

Effective tomorrow, June 8, the Brentwood Union Free School District will no longer be requiring the use of masks for students and staff, regardless of vaccination status, during outdoor activities. However, as noted above, face coverings and masks are still necessary when in our school buildings.

The Brentwood School District administration and Board of Education appreciate and respect that there are differing opinions regarding the issue of mask wearing in schools. However, the Governor was very specific when it came to what schools must do regarding indoor school activities – masks must be worn at all times.

The Governor also made clear that the CDC does not anticipate making any changes or updates to its school mask guidance for several weeks. As a result, the district will continue to operate with all current indoor mask protocols in place through the end of the year.

As one of the most heavily impacted communities by the pandemic in Suffolk County, we must continue to be vigilant when it comes to the health and safety of our students, staff and community. While this revision to mask regulations is a step toward a return to normalcy, we must continue to act in the best interests of our families and peers. 

Sincerely,
Mr. Richard Loeschner
Superintendent of Schools

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Possible Return to School Five (5) Days

Posted on 04/16/2021

Dear Parents,

Last Friday, the NYS Department of Health determined the social distancing mandate of 6 feet may be reduced to 3 feet in areas of low, moderate or substantial community transmission. This reduction in space prompts us to consider ways in which we may bring more children back to school 5 days a week in grades 1-11 (Kindergarten will remain in split session). Although this is possible in most of our classrooms, there is still a directive for 6 feet distance in areas of high community transmission such as study halls, lobbies, auditoriums and in cafeterias, especially when students are eating.

Your answers to the questions below are important to determine how best to proceed while keeping the health and safety of students and staff a priority. Please fill out one survey per child by Monday, April 19, 2021.

It is important to understand we may be unable to fulfill every student request to return to school every day because of the limited capacity of many of our classrooms and schools. It is also important to note that your child's schedule may be altered to accommodate a return to school for five days; however, every effort will be made to keep the same schedule.

After we compile the results of this survey, we will determine if we can accomplish moving forward with a five day return to school this year. I will let the community know as soon as possible.

Sincerely,

Mr. Richard Loeschner
Superintendent


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