July 28, 2021
Dear East Meadow School Community,
I hope this letter finds you and your family well and that you are enjoying the summer so far! As we reach the halfway point of summer break, our administration is actively preparing for the start of the 2021-22 school year. I know there are many questions from students, parents, and staff regarding what the year will hold in regard to social distancing, mask wearing, quarantining, in- person vs. virtual learning, etc.
At this point, all districts throughout New York State are still awaiting guidance from the State Education Department on these matters. Until we receive specific direction from the state, we simply do not know what will be required of districts. I understand this is frustrating, as we all want to prepare as best, we can for the start of the year. I share in your frustration and eagerly await this guidance so we can effectively plan for September.
Just yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued updated mask guidelines, recommending that masks be worn indoors for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools, regardless of a person’s vaccination status. I share this with you for your information only, as our state and local health departments have yet to weigh in on this matter. Once they issue their guidance, it will provide us with a clear direction for the start of the year.
I will continue to keep you updated as we learn more information. Please enjoy the remainder of your summer and stay safe!
Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr