02-27-22 Update to Families on Mask Mandate for Schools
February 27, 2022
Dear Williamsville Central School District Families,
Earlier today, Governor Kathy Hochul announced that the mask mandate for schools will be lifted on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. This means beginning Wednesday, mask wearing will be optional while in our District and school buildings. If individuals want to continue to wear a mask, they may do so. Additional guidance from the State is expected to be shared later this week.
That said, we are still in the midst of a global pandemic and if guidance changes regarding mitigation practices, we will adjust our policy and protocols as well. We will continue to monitor the situation and work in coordination with our educational partners throughout the region as we move forward.
If an individual exhibits any of the signs and/or symptoms of COVID-19, they should stay home and contact their building of attendance. Signs and symptoms of COVID-19, along with return to school protocol, are listed on the District’s COVID-19 Education Page.
As a reminder, the quarantine and isolation periods have been shortened. Individuals who are fully vaccinated are not required to quarantine. Unvaccinated individuals who would like to continue to attend school and work for instructional purposes are encouraged to participate in the District’s Test To Stay Program.
Please note, the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) offers free diagnostic testing to symptomatic Erie County residents and close contacts of confirmed cases. The ECDOH COVID-19 appointment line is 716-858-2929.
As always, we encourage families, students, and staff members to become vaccinated against COVID-19. While vaccines do not eliminate the possibility of COVID-19 infection, they have been proven to reduce serious illness and hospitalization. COVID-19 vaccination clinics are available here: ECDOH COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics.
Dr. Darren J. Brown-Hall
Superintendent of Schools