Governor Kathy Hochul expanded Tuesday on the need for weekly testing requirements for unvaccinated school staff, especially amid the rise in delta variant coronavirus cases, to ensure schools are safe.
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Newly-instated Governor Kathy Hochul has mandated masks for students and staff at schools across New York, and called for COVID-19 vaccines to be mandatory for school staff, with an option of weekly testing, on her first day in office on Tuesday. She also called on the state Department of Health to institute universal masking for anyone entering New York schools.
With just a week remaining until the official start of the fall sports season, the Sag Harbor School District and the Mashashimuet Park Board finally struck a deal that will keep the park as the home of Pierson athletics for the foreseeable future.
Concerns about masks and the still unresolved situation with Mashashimuet Park were at the forefront of the discussion at Monday night’s Sag Harbor Board of Education meeting.
At the latest Sag Harbor School Board of Education meeting on Monday night, Superintendent Jeff Nichols said, in all likelihood, students and teachers in the elementary school and middle-high school will be masking up once again when they return to the classroom for the 2021-22 school year.
Local school district officials said they’re awaiting state guidance before making any final decisions.
At its annual re-organizational meeting on Monday, the Sag Harbor Board of Education nominated Brian DeSesa to return in his role as board president, for a second term, while longtime board member Sandi Kruel was nominated and sworn in as vice president, a role she has served in the past.
Sue Denis, who is retiring this year after teaching Pierson High School students CPR for the past 28 years, remembers vividly the day when she first realized how important the skill was.
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The last Sag Harbor Board of Education meeting for the school year on Monday night, June 21, was a quick one, with board members and administrators reflecting on one of the most challenging years in memory and extending thanks to people in various roles who provided all levels of support, while also congratulating those moving on and others moving up.
The budget was approved with 60.13 percent of the vote, just barely passing the 60 percent threshold needed to pass the budget. In order for the budget to go through, 60 percent was needed to pierce the state tax cap.