Harrison CSD & Rye City SD Advocate for Sensible Changes to Mask Rules & Increased Support for Mental Health
Under the leadership of Harrison Central School District and Rye City School District, we are joining forces and asking for your support to petition New York State officials for intelligent, science-based changes to mask requirements in schools, continued support for testing, and increased support for mental health services. The recommendations ensure students will remain safe and improve the quality of their learning.
Link mask requirements to viral transmission levels and test positivity rates in schools/districts. Only require masks if “transmission levels are deemed high” by the local Department of Health. Note this pertains to the positivity rate in schools/districts since in-school transmission rates have been well below county and community averages. The New York State Department of Health should change the mask requirements in schools by February 21, 2022, the date the current mandate expires.
Continue to provide adequate COVID-19 testing resources to schools so they can offer weekly COVID tests to faculty, staff, and students whose parents provide consent.
Increase funding for mental health support for students. Districts require ongoing, sustained resources to address the wide range of mental health needs of children and staff that have emerged or been exacerbated by the pandemic.
Time is critical. Please make your voice heard by contacting Governor Hochul, State Legislators, the New York State Departments of Health and Education, and Westchester County Executive Latimer asking for their support. These changes require your support.