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Message From The Interim Superintendent

Update at 9:00 a.m. on January 25, 2022


Dear Parents & Guardians,


The New York State Department of Health has filed a Notice of Appeal to the Appellate Division, Second Court of New York on the Nassau County Supreme Court's decision on the "mask mandate".  By filing the appeal, a "stay" order has been enacted which maintains the mask mandate until the appeal is determined.  In addition, the New York State Education Department has issued a directive to all school districts that maintains the mask mandate.  Based on the directive from NYSED and the advice of legal counsel, the district is required to maintain the mask mandate enacted by the Department of Health.  The district understands how confusing and frustrating this situation is and appreciates your support and patience as we attempt to navigate the court rulings, mandates, and directives from our regulatory agencies.
PLEASE NOTE: The Notice of Appeal has since been made. The information below is in reference to what the appeal is regarding:  


On Monday (January 25, 2022) afternoon, a State Supreme Court judge in Nassau County ruled against the NYS mask requirement. Since that time, we have received the following from the NYS 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 Dep’t 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 will continue to update you as we receive additional information on this. 

Mark E. Doody
Interim Superintendent