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Updated information as of July 12, 2021, regarding mask guidance

Read the letter from Superintendent Richard M. Hooley

Regional Summer School starts Monday, July 12 at the Alternative High School and there are some new COVID-19 protocols in place.

Students, staff and visitors no longer have to fill out the Daily COVID Questionnaire, but everyone should assess their health each day.  No one should report to school if they are not feeling well.

Dutchess BOCES is modifying its COVID-19 related protocols to strongly encourage, but not to require that unvaccinated students wear masks while at summer school programs.

On July 7, 2021, the New York State Department of Health announced that due to the low rates of transmission of COVID-19, school districts may decide to revise masking policies for summer school programs this summer. 

Please note, masks must still be worn by unvaccinated students during transportation associated with summer school programs.

Also, unvaccinated faculty and staff will still be required to wear masks while indoors (except when eating, drinking, or taking a mask break).

Outdoors, masks will not be required.  BOCES will continue to honor the rights of individuals who choose to wear masks in both the indoor and outdoor settings despite this change in state guidance for the summer.

Staff must still contact their supervisors if they feel ill and all staff, visitors, vendors and construction workers must sign in and out of our buildings, Deputy Superintendent Cora Stempel said. “This will ensure that, in the event of a need for contact tracing or other emergency, we will have the information we need.”

Sanitizer stations will continue to be provided and normal cleaning protocols will be used, Stempel said.  As of July 9, no guidance has been issued for the 2021-22 school year.

Guidance is provided by the archived Interim Guidance for Child Care, Day Camp and Overnight Camp Programs during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.

About Vaccinations

Vaccinations are being given throughout Dutchess County at fixed locations, pop-ups in various communities and at partner locations. For information or to make an appointment, visit the county’s vaccine appointment page.