A message from the Superintendent:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday announced that Erie County now falls within the “medium” range of community transmission of COVID-19, which means students, staff and visitors will not be required to wear masks in our buildings and schools. Please note that individuals who were in isolation or quarantine and return to school still will be required to wear masks until the tenth day of their isolation or quarantine period.
Masking is scientifically proven to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and is still encouraged for immunocompromised individuals in areas of medium and high transmission. Any student or staff member who would like to continue wearing a mask is welcomed and encouraged to do so.
All Erie’s Public Schools staff and students are asked to continue practicing other COVID-19 health and safety protocols currently in place, including social distancing, proper and thorough handwashing, and staying home when sick.
Brian J. Polito, CPA
Erie’s Public Schools
A message from the Superintendent:
May 20, 2022
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday, May 19, announced that Erie County now falls within the “high” range of community transmission of COVID-19. In consultation with the Erie County Department of Health and in keeping with current guidance from the CDC, Erie’s Public Schools will once again require all staff, students and visitors to wear masks while in district buildings, regardless of vaccination status, effective Monday.
We recognize that this may be unwelcome news for some. But as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, our most important job is ensuring the health and safety of our staff and students. Masking is just one of many protocols we have in place to help us do exactly that. Our full Health and Safety Plan is available at eriesd.org.
We will continue to monitor transmission levels in Erie and in Erie County as the pandemic continues. In the meantime, you can help stop the spread of COVID-19 and ensure in-person learning continues for our students by staying home if you feel sick. If you have come into contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19, is awaiting a COVID-19 test result, or has been exposed to COVID-19, please stay home.
If you or your child have not received a COVID-19 vaccine yet, you can visit vaccines.gov to find a vaccination site near you, text your ZIP code to 438829 (English) or 822862 (Spanish), or call 1-800-232-0233. All COVID-19 vaccines are free. No insurance is required.
Brian J. Polito, CPA
Superintendent, Erie’s Public Schools
UPDATED Masking Guidance
Erie’s Public Schools has updated its masking policy in accordance with new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines issued Friday. Here are highlights from Superintendent Polito’s letter:
Under the new guidance, healthy people living in counties with low- or medium- levels of COVID-19 transmission do not need to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Individuals in high-risk areas are still encouraged to wear masks indoors, including in schools.
Erie's Public Schools Health and Safety Plan follows CDC Covid-19 guidance. As such, we will suspend our district’s universal masking requirement during periods of low- to medium transmission risk, effective immediately. As of Feb. 25, Erie County is an area of medium transmission risk, which means students and staff will not currently be required to wear masks in our buildings and schools. Please note that students who were in isolation or quarantine and return to school still will be required to wear masks until the tenth day of their isolation or quarantine period.
Universal masking may resume if Erie County’s transmission level increases to “high,” depending on guidance from the CDC and the Erie County Department of Health. In that event, all families will be notified as soon as possible.
For more information or questions related to COVID-19, contact EPS Pandemic Coordinator Neal Brokman at 814-874-6123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the complete letter, please visit:
Therefore, at this time, masks are not required for marching band events including the banquet; masks are optional.
News from the EPS Pandemic Coordinator:
As you know, our districtwide Health and Safety Plan dictates that we follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in our response to COVID-19, including in regard to masking. Current guidelines recommend universal masking regardless of vaccination status while indoors; as such, students and staff will be required to continue wearing masks for the time being.
Secondly, the CDC has updated and shortened its recommended isolation and quarantine periods for those who are exposed to or who test positive for COVID-19, based on the new information about the Omicron variant. We will follow these guidelines, detailed below:
CDC Updates, 12/27/21
EPS Health & Safety Plan
Please review new guidance regarding universal indoor masking for schools:
8/9/2021 From https://www.eriesd.org/backtoschool (Masking and Social Distancing):
As we have since the onset of the pandemic, Erie’s Public Schools will continue to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Current guidance states that all staff and students, regardless of vaccination status, should wear masks while indoors. The district will adhere to 3 feet of social distancing, consistent with CDC guidance.
At the School Board meeting on June 30th, the Board has approved an update to the health and safety plan pertaining to masking.
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