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Education experts discuss state efforts to boost civics education in NYS schools

On Board Online • June 14, 2021

By Chris Carola
Special Correspondent

As American political culture has become more divisive and incivility more common, civics education must be improved, according to speakers at a live virtual mini-conference hosted by NYSSBA on May 19.

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Response to inquiries from parents and stakeholders regarding NYSSBA’s position on mandatory COVID-19 vaccine and masks in schools

Thank you to everyone who reached out to us with concerns regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and masks in schools. We appreciate your thoughts and perspective on these issues.

Please know that:

  • In March, we sent a survey to our members on major issues facing public schools. A single question asked whether we should support proposals to make a COVID-19 vaccine mandatory. This survey does not establish the official positions of our organization. Moreover, the question on COVID-19 vaccines did not receive enough support to bring the issue before our membership for consideration as an official position of the organization. Therefore, at this time the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) has no position on mandatory COVID-19 vaccines and masks in schools.

  • NYSSBA is not a policymaking body and has no authority to issue mandates on school districts, students and staff. Those decisions are made by the New York State Legislature, the governor and the state Department of Health.

 Again, thank you for taking the time to contact us.

News Releases

Statement from NYSSBA Executive Director Robert Schneider on the End of the 2021 Legislative Session

FOR RELEASE: June 11, 2021

NYSSBA thanks state lawmakers for their attention during the 2021 legislative session to the needs of New York’s students and the countless operating challenges faced by school districts during the pandemic.

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Live Virtual Essentials of School Board Governance
Date: June 19, 2021
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
2021 Summer Law Conference - Long Island
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