Dear SGI Families and Staff Members:
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District has been committed to keeping our students, staff, and community healthy in a supportive and caring environment — a commitment we have all worked very hard to uphold. On behalf of our school staff, thank you all for doing your part to keep our community safe.
On Sunday, Governor Hochul announced that the State will be lifting the mask mandate for K-12 school buildings and on school buses, effective Wednesday, March 2. As a result, beginning Wednesday, Springville-Griffith Institute CSD is no longer requiring the use of face masks for students and staff.
We know that this news will come as a relief for some and a source of potential hesitation for others. For those students and staff who continue to choose to wear a mask, we have a supply of high quality N-95 and KN-95 masks in both adult and child sizes that will be available in all school main offices. Our priority is to create a safe and supportive learning environment for our students and, as such, our principals will be discussing with students the need to respect each individual’s choices in regards to masking.
Additionally, we will await further guidance from our State and County Health Departments related to quarantine, isolation, and social distancing requirements in a mask-optional environment.
SGI is proud of and grateful for our inspiring students, dedicated staff, supportive families, and involved community as we enter a new phase of navigating this pandemic. We will continue to update our community on changes as they develop and appreciate your continued cooperation during these unprecedented times.
Superintendent of Schools