July 16, 2021
Dear Cornwall-on-Hudson residents, neighbors, and friends:
We continue to navigate the loosening of pandemic-related restrictions for Village functions and events. Especially as pertains to the safety and welfare of our children -- we must get this 100% right. Questions have recently arisen regarding our mask-requirement policy for youngsters attending Summer Playground (Camp) at COH Elementary School, and why we required them while Town Camp (at Lee Road School) does not. I have spoken with Village Camp Director Jenna Park and have news to deliver:
We continue to operate under the guidance put forth by the Orange County Department of Health (OCDOH), and while some discretion was allowable, we followed what the OCDOH “strongly recommended” and elected to err on side of complete caution. Ms. Park has continued to interface with the OCDOH and they are, as of today, satisfied with our continued precautions and see no reason that Summer Playground cannot move to *mask optional* policy beginning Monday, July 19th. This adjustment pertains to campers only. Our staff and counselors are allowed to be unmasked only if they are vaccinated.
We will continue to conduct daily screenings at COHES that involve temperature checks and will continue to operate in “pods” that cloister the same children and staff together throughout the summer. Parents are certainly allowed to require their child remain masked indoors, if so inclined. Sunday evening, the Summer Playground director will send out a message to all camper parents on the REMIND app, advising of this change.
We are comfortable moving in this direction and will adjust accordingly as new guidance is provided or facts on the ground change. I, for one, know how brutally hot the un-air-conditioned gym at COHES can be. This should be a welcome change for our campers.
As with any topic that you need clarification from the Village on, I am always available to discuss an issue or concern and more than happy to engage. Finding solutions should always be the preeminent charge of this office. I am humbled for the opportunity.
Have a safe and healthy weekend,
James A. “Jimmy” Gagliano