On March 15, Dr. Gale Burstein wrote a letter to WNY Students First on behalf of Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and the Erie County Department of Health. Please click HERE to read this letter. Below is our response.
Dr. Gale R. Burstein
Commissioner of Health
Erie County Department of Health
95 Franklin Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
Thank you for your response dated March 15, 2021. In the interest of promoting more transparency on the issue of school reopenings, we are attaching your letter to WNY Students First to this press release to make sure that the residents of Erie County have access to the information in it.
While we are pleased that you have finally responded to the members in our group, we are extremely disappointed that you have chosen to largely ignore the mental health issues facing many children and that you continue to mislead the public about the safety of schools and the role of the ECDOH in setting school reopening guidelines.
We expect more from our public health experts.
WNY Students First would like to make the following points in response to your letter:
WNY Students First will continue to advocate for students on this issue, and we hope that you and your staff will finally engage directly with all stakeholders, including families, to help return our children to the safest place possible – the classroom.
WNY Students First
cc: Mark C. Poloncarz
Erie County Superintendents
Erie County Legislature