January 25, 2022
Dear Parents and Guardians:
As indicated in my earlier email, on January 24, 2022, the Nassau County Supreme Court ruled in the matter of Demetriou et al. v. New York State Dep’t of Health et al. that the Department of Health exceeded its authority when it mandated masks in schools. Since that time there have been differing opinions regarding the impact of this decision on public school districts and whether or not the masking regulation remains in effect.
The Governor and the State Department of Health immediately filed an appeal in response to this decision. This afternoon arguments were heard before the Appellate Court on the issue of the mask mandate. While no decision was reached, we can tell you that the Appellate Court has temporarily stopped or “stayed” the Order and Decision set forth in Demetriou through at least January 28, 2022, in order to permit the parties an opportunity to present additional arguments.
What does this mean? As a result, staff and students in public school districts are required to continue wearing masks while on school property until at least January 28th. The District has no discretion to waiver or modify the masking requirement at this time.
I will provide any additional updates as soon as possible. I recognize that this is a confusing time with high emotions and I appreciate your continued partnership and understanding.