05-17-21 Mask Guidance and Vaccination Clinic Information
May 17, 2021
Dear Williamsville Central School District Families,
On Monday, Governor Cuomo announced that effective Wednesday, May 19, 2021, New York State will adopt and begin following the updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding vaccinated persons, mask wearing, and social distancing.
While this is an encouraging development as we return to a sense of “normalcy,” it is important to note there are certain exceptions. At this time, masks are still required to be worn when on school grounds. This is reflected in school guidance from New York State and the CDC. Wearing a mask is one of the most important mitigation strategies that have allowed our schools to remain a safe place for our students and staff. Our students, from kindergarteners to seniors, have been a shining example of proper mask wearing.
As we work to ensure our schools remain as healthy and safe as possible, we wanted to remind families of the COVID-19 vaccination clinic that is being held Wednesday, May 19, 2021, by the Erie County Department of Health for students who are 12-years of age or older. This clinic is being conducted in partnership with Daemen College and several local school districts. There are still some appointments available: https://apps2.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?OpID=C1C172BF96670208E0530A6C7C157462
If you sign-up and schedule an appointment, the COVID-19 consent packet must be printed and completed prior to your child's vaccination appointment. The consent form is available here: https://www2.erie.gov/health/sites/www2.erie.gov.health/files/uploads/pdfs/COVID-19%20Consent%20for%20Vaccination%20of%20Minors.pdf. Parents must consent and accompany their child(ren) to the vaccine appointment.
The District is also finalizing details for an on-site vaccination clinic and will share those details later this week.
Thank you for your continued partnership and support throughout the school year.
Let’s continue to stay vigilant in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and end the year strong!
Dr. John E. McKenna
Acting Superintendent of Schools