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Superintendent's Message: Masks No Longer Required

MARCH 1, 2022 — Tonight, the Board of Education approved an update to the school’s "masking" policy that aligns with Gov. Kathy Hochul’s announcement that the statewide school masking mandate is lifted effective tomorrow, March 2. The updated policy also aligns with the advice of our school physician and the Ontario County Department of Health, and the latest guidance issued by the CDC.  

Based on the updated policy approved by the Board of Education, face coverings are not required to be worn by staff, students, and visitors in any school settings, effective Wednesday, March 2, 2022. Face coverings are still strongly recommended in all school settings, as a strategy for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

This change applies to classrooms, cafeterias, buses, music/theatrical performances, athletic events, extracurricular activities, and every other school setting. A full update of this change has been posted to our Back to School '21 Plan on the District website.

It has been a long two years to get to this point. We have worked together in ways to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and shown great resiliency to return to full in-person instruction. We will continue to work together to ensure that Midlakes remains a physically and emotionally safe environment for all students, staff, and visitors. 

We trust that every staff member, student, and visitor will be greeted with the same enthusiasm and kindness the community has come to expect from Midlakes, regardless of anyone’s decision to wear a mask or not. Simply put, the District will not tolerate harassing or shaming behavior on this or any issue. We will lead with understanding and tolerance.

Also, we want to remind you that the New York State Department of Health still requires individuals testing positive for COVID-19 to wear a well-fitted mask in a school setting during days 6-10 following a positive test. Schools are required to enforce this protocol. We will inform you of any updates to this and other health and safety protocols from the Department of Health as they become available.

As always, we encourage those feeling ill to stay home and to contact a school nurse if they have any questions or need to report a change in health status. 

We thank you for your continued support and know that by working together and showing each other respect we can overcome any challenge that lies ahead.

Sincerely,

Matt Sickles, superintendent