School leaders in Lower Hudson want to focus on COVID testing, mental health

The region’s school principals are calling on the state to focus on weekly COVID testing for students and staff, developing indoor mask drop statistics and increasing student mental health care.

A letter sent Thursday by the Lower Hudson Council of School Superintendents to Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett, said the group’s goals are to keep students in school, protect the health of everyone and “provide a path forward toward a normalized school experience for students.”

The letter also stated that the state must allow schools to stop contact tracing, as COVID-19 cases are rarely passed on in school.

“There is limited evidence to suggest that close contact at school turns for the better,” said the letter, signed by Eric Byrne, Superintendents Council chairman and Rye City Superintendent.

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