On July 7, school districts received updated guidance from the state Department of Health that provides for some flexibility regarding masking during summer school and other school-based programs. Specifically, the guidance noted that schools in areas with low rates of COVID-19 transmission may implement masking protocols in alignment with child cares, day camps, and overnight camp programs.
According to the CDC, there is a low level of community transmission of COVID-19 in Fulton County. Based on the current data and the new DOH flexibility, the following protocols are being put in place immediately for all summer programs at Broadalbin-Perth:
- Masks are now optional for all students.
- Unvaccinated staff must continue to wear masks in the school buildings.
- Students and vaccinated staff may continue to wear masks inside and outside our school buildings.
- Students and staff must continue to wear masks on all school buses, in accordance with CDC regulations.
The Broadalbin-Perth Board of Education plans to adopt a resolution to this effect retroactive to July 12 during its regular monthly meeting on Monday, July 19.
Parents should always keep their children home if they are showing any signs of illness. Parents should also help their children understand that some other children and adults may choose to continue to wear masks out of medical necessity or for personal comfort, and they should never be teased for doing so.
This protocol is for summer school and other school-based summer programs only. Broadalbin-Perth will continue to update the school community as state and federal regulations change.