Dear Irvington Families,

Thank you to all who completed the Irvington Mask Wearing Survey that we shared with you in the last month. We received an overwhelming response from parents and guardians indicating that masks should no longer be worn and required in Irvington Public Schools. It should be noted that a smaller percentage of parents and guardians responded that masks should still be worn and required in Irvington Schools. I appreciate your participation in this process and sharing your valuable insight.

Following our Board of Education approval on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, Irvington students, staff, and visitors will no longer be required to wear masks and facial coverings in all district buildings during all programs including after-school and Saturday school programs.

It should be noted that this decision was made after careful consideration and consultation with the Irvington Health Department, Essex County Health Department, District Leadership, and input from Irvington’s teaching and support staff.

Please note that out of the abundance of care, the safety of our students and staff is our priority and the driving force in this decision for our district. If you deem it necessary for your child to continue mask-wearing, please feel free to have them continue this practice. In advance, we appreciate your continued support and understanding as we aim to provide a safe learning environment for your children. We will continue to “build our community, one student at a time!”

Please feel free to contact your Principal or my office, if you have any questions.

Dr. April Vauss
Superintendent of Schools