Superintendents in Genesee and Orleans counties are asking Governor Kathy Hochul to develop an exit strategy for easing COVID-19 restrictions in schools.
Superintendents in Albion, Alexander, Batavia, Byron-Bergen, Elba, Holley, Kendall, LeRoy, Lyndonville, Medina, Oakfield-Alabama, Pavilion, and Pembroke submitted a letter to Gov. Hochul on Tuesday, February 1, according to WHEC.
The letter calls for “appropriate guidance for an exit strategy regarding all mitigation measures but not mandates” and requests “local control be fully restored to our school districts to enable us to make decisions appropriate for our individual communities, in consultation with our local DOH.”
Gov. Hochul is asked almost daily about what criteria needs to be met for her to lift the state’s mask mandate. She says she looks forward to the day when the pandemic is behind us, but will not lift mandates until it is safe.
More superintendents from counties across New York are expected to issue similar letters in the coming days and weeks.
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