Brockport CSD holds board meeting, mask policy makes waves

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BROCKPORT, N.Y. (WHEC) — There were fireworks at a school board meeting in Brockport Tuesday night. The board decided to move forward with continued masking for students come fall, and some parents are not happy about it.

More than a dozen parents and Brockport Central School District staff members came out to the meeting. Public comment had its place on the agenda but parents had other plans when they heard their students will have to mask. More than once the group loudly interrupted the board’s presentation.

"I’m not in favor of masks, if people want to mask their kids let them, if they don’t want to mask their kids, don’t let them mask their kids,” one parent said.

Superintendent Sean Bruno and the rest of the board explained to the group multiple times that the district has to follow what comes down from the county.

"The Commissioner of Public Health in Monroe County made it abundantly clear that unmasked students will result in quarantine when exposed to positive individuals whether or not any of them are masked,“ one board member said.

The district says they will allow high-risk sports this fall, but it was not clear on masking guidance for it right now.

Monroe County Public Health Commissioner Michael Mendoza met with schools Tuesday and will continue to be involved in shaping their guidelines. Monroe County Executive Adam Bello said as of now, they are not planning to mandate that teachers be vaccinated or tested regularly.

Superintendent Bruno said he expected parents to react the way they did.

"Our community isn’t the only one and a lot of people are divided on all aspects of the pandemic so we did expect it and we did receive email son both sides we have a lot of people that support masking and a lot of people that would like flexibility masking,” Bruno said.

With a list of new recommendations from the New York State Education Department, there are a lot of different things to consider when it comes to inside the classroom, sports, and much more.