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New York State Mask Mandate Update as of January 24, 2022
Dr. Angelina Maloney
Monday, January 24, 2022

Dear Tamarac Community,

Brunswick Brittonkill CSD has received communication regarding news reports that the mask mandate for schools has been lifted. This is not the case. The District is aware of today’s court ruling pertaining to the mask mandate. The following information was sent to us by the New York State Department of Education regarding this news:

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.

At this time, we are continuing to follow the information sent to us by the NYS Education Department. After reviewing this with school district attorneys, the mask requirement will stay in place at this time. We will continue to update you as we receive additional information on this. 

Sincerely,

Dr. Angelina Maloney