Ulster schools to be closed for 14 days

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KINGSTON – Ulster County Executive Patrick Ryan, Friday, directed that starting Monday, the closure of all schools in the county closed for 14 days.

Dutchess, and Orange counties took the same actions.

“Based on what we currently know about the spread of COVID-19, we believe that acting decisively now will significantly reduce the impact on our community and help protect our most vulnerable neighbors,” he said.

Ulster BOCES Chief Executive Officer Chuck Khoury said all county school superintendents support Ryan’s actions. “We all have the same goal which is to protect the health and safety of the over 22,000 students and the thousands of teachers, administrators and support staff who work in our schools every day.”

County Commissioner of Health Dr. Carol Smith said the decision “is an important action that will protect the health and safety of residents of Ulster County.”

She said they know the decision “will have real world impacts to many, but it is the decision that needs to be made to stop the continued spread of COVID-19.”