NEW YORK (WKBW) – The New York State Department of Education (NYSED) said it was developing summary guidance on COVID-19 to help schools and districts prepare the 2021-2022 school year.
In a letter sent to schools and districts on Tuesday, NYSED said:
This is necessary in light of the continued lack of guidance and assistance in opening health-related schools from the governor’s office and the State Department of Health.
The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) previously announced that it will not issue COVID-19 guidelines to schools until the start of the school year. In a statement, NYSDOH Commissioner Dr Howard Zucker referred to the end of the state of emergency that was declared in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason for the change. Zucker said that “school districts are re-established as the controlling entity of schools,” and recommended that they follow the guidelines of the CDC and local health departments.
There is no official information on what will be in the guidelines, but NYSED has said they will be based on guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The guidelines “will answer questions regarding wearing masks, social distancing, distance learning, transportation, monitoring community transmission, and potential funding sources available to schools and districts that can help prepare for the process. next school year and beyond, ”according to NYSED.
You can read the full letter below:
The New York State Department of Education (NYSED) is developing a summary guidance document to help schools and districts prepare for the 2021-2022 school year. This document will be based on guidelines and advice from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) of the American Academy of Pediatrics. This is necessary in light of the continued lack of guidance and assistance in opening health-related schools from the governor’s office and the State Department of Health.
With the spread of COVID-19 and its variants remaining dynamic and with parts of the state experiencing increased rates of transmission, many questions persist regarding the health-related preparations for September. Although the Department of Education does not have direct jurisdiction over public health matters, the Department has oversight authority for schools and continues its attempts to engage with appropriate state and federal agencies on this issue. NYSED is also consulting with a diverse group of state and local actors to better understand the issues most relevant today.
We anticipate that the next guidelines will address issues regarding wearing masks, social distancing, distance learning, transportation, community transmission tracking, and potential funding sources available to schools and districts that can help. to prepare for the coming school year and beyond.
As questions arise, the department’s office of student support services recommends using the CDC’s guidelines for the prevention of COVID-19 in preschools and 12 and the COVID-19 guidelines of the department. American Academy of Pediatrics for Safe Schools as a resource.
Again, the overall goal for the 2021-2022 school year is to maximize in-person teaching and learning, meet student needs, and keep students and staff healthy and safe. The Department is committed to advocating for all necessary resources to achieve this and to mobilizing technical assistance to school districts as they address these issues locally, in accordance with CDC guidelines.