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ICSD Community Letter - Mask Policy Update

February 28, 2022

Dear ICSD Community,

Welcome back from a much-needed break. As you may have already heard, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul and the Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) have rescinded mask mandates beginning Wednesday, March 2, 2022. Therefore, masks will no longer be required indoors, outdoors, or on school buses in the Ithaca City School District. Our school district will support optional mask-wearing. 

Many in our community will choose to continue to wear a mask. We must treat folks’ decisions with respect. People can wear masks at any time and in any space in our district. Also, please remember to stay home and seek testing when experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.

School districts are required to follow local and state-level regulations regarding masking. Schools do not have the authority to mandate mask-wearing in school buildings or on buses or grounds. Existing mitigation measures, including screening testing, the maintenance of upgrades to HVAC systems, and physical distancing, will remain in place. High-quality masks of multiple varieties will still be provided for students, staff, and visitors who wish to wear them.

We recognize that, in rare instances, ICSD staff and students have significant health concerns. Students who may qualify for non-in-person learning should visit our website for the process and application for non-in-person learning. Staff who need accommodations (masks, additional filters) due to documented medical needs should reach out to Human Resources.  

We will continue to partner with the TCHD as protocols shift in the coming days, weeks, and months, as we have for the last two years. The New York State Department of Health and the New York State Education Department plan to release specific guidelines, so please know that additional information should be forthcoming.

Thank you for your continued flexibility and support.

Regards,

Luvelle Brown
Superintendent