NYS Mask Mandate as of January 24, 2022

The District is aware of yesterday’s court ruling pertaining to the mask mandate. Until we are told differently in writing by either NYSED, NYSDOH or the Governor’s Office, we will stay the course. Governor Hochul’s response indicates that she will pursue every option to reverse this ruling.

Subsequently, last evening, the following statement was released by the New York State Education Department:

“The State Education Department understands that Nassau County Supreme Court has ruled that the Department of Health exceeded its authority in enacting the mask regulation, 10 NYCRR 2.60, in Demetriou et al. v. New York State Dept of Health et al.  This regulation is the subject of conflicting decisions, insofar as Albany County Supreme Court recently upheld the regulation in Massapequa UFSD et al. v. Hochul, et al.

It is SED’s understanding that the Department of Health will appeal the Nassau County Supreme Court decision, which will result in an automatic stay that will unambiguously restore the mask rule until such time as an appellate court issues a further ruling. Therefore, schools must continue to follow the mask rule.”

We continue to employ the tiered mitigation efforts we have taken to keep our schools open  and students and staff safe. We ask parents, students, and staff to be patient and comply accordingly, and not engage in any actions or activities that cause disruption of the education process. 

The district will stay abreast of information and provide updates accordingly.