From the Superintendent
June 8, 2021
Dear Carmel Parents,
This morning, we received guidance from the New York State Department of Health that establishes masks are still required to be worn while indoor school facilities, however, the use of masks outdoors and at outdoor school sports activities is optional for students, staff and visitors.
The guidance from the New York State Department of Health is as follows:
“Face Masks: Responsible Parties must maintain protocols and procedures for students, faculty, staff, and other individuals to ensure appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) is used to protect against the transmission of the COVID-19 virus when in indoor school facilities. Specifically, appropriate PPE means, at least, an acceptable mask, which is required to be worn by all individuals in all classroom and non-classroom settings, including but not limited to hallways, school offices, restrooms, gyms, auditoriums, etc. All visitors must wear masks. Masks should have at least two layers of material (e.g. 2-ply). However, Responsible Parties should allow students to remove their mask during meals. Acceptable masks include but are not limited to cloth-based masks (e.g., homemade sewn, quick cut,), and surgical masks that cover both the mouth and nose. Effective June 7, 2021, face masks are not required to be worn outdoors on school grounds, including during outdoor school sports. However, Responsible Parties may choose to require face masks outdoors on school grounds, subject to the parameters of this guidance. No student, teacher, staff member, or visitor may be prevented from wearing an acceptable face mask voluntarily on school grounds.”
Effective today, June 8, all students, staff and visitors must continue to wear face masks while inside school buildings but are not required to wear them outdoors or at outdoor sports activities on District grounds.
Any parent who prefers that their child continue wearing a mask while outdoors and during outdoor sports activities on district grounds should reach out to their child’s building principal.
2021-2022 Budget Update
The Board of Education will be holding a vote on a revised 2021-2022 budget for the District on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 6 a.m. - 9 p.m., at our three polling locations.
A budget newsletter with information on the revised 2021-2022 proposed budget was mailed to all residents via USPS after the budget hearing on June 8. A PDF of the budget newsletter that was mailed is available online.
Public Budget Hearing
A public budget hearing took place on June 8, to present the revised 2021-2022 proposed budget to the community ahead of the June 15 vote. This hearing was recorded and archived for those who are unable to attend in person. View video of Public Budget Hearing.
See our Budgets & Audits page for more information on:
Thank you to all those who provided feedback through the Thought Exchange on the defeated 2021-2022 budget proposal. Your input and insight was important as we work to find a solution that best serves both students and taxpayers. See full Thought Exchange report on budget feedback that was presented at the May 25, 2021, Board meeting.
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