Pioneer Central State Aid Threatened by Decision to Make Masks Optional | Education

“Wearing a mask will be a matter of personal choice,” the letter said, and all other Covid-19 safety protocols would remain in place, including social distancing.

The state’s Department of Education emailed superintendents on June 6 to clarify the matter, after speaking with members of the executive staff of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

The health commissioner’s letter to the CDC was aimed at “getting a response” from the federal agency regarding standards for summer camps and schools, the state’s education department email said.

“It didn’t change any existing arrangement,” the Education Ministry email said. “Therefore, schools should continue to operate under their existing procedures until further notice.”

Pioneer didn’t change its policy until Friday. It was then that Halsey, in an automated phone call and message on the district’s website, said he heard from the state’s Department of Education on Thursday that the guidelines on the port masks were still in effect.

“I was further informed that the state and county health departments would impose fines and withhold district state aid, or even close our school for non-compliance, following advance directives. from the state Department of Health that have not been implemented. ”Halsey said in the post.

Just as festivals and events closed one by one last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, announcements are flowing from some who are returning this summer.

Halsey said he and the school board were making decisions for improving the school. But, he said, “Neither I nor the board, however, will risk state aid or the ability to keep our school open or the district’s financial resources when there is a total of 2 days left. and a half from school to school. year.”

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