Masking Policy Update

Dear Windsor Community,

As you may know, a New York Supreme Court judge struck down the state’s mask mandate Monday. However, New York State’s Education Department, which oversees public schools, is keeping masking rules in place in schools.

The following is from 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 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.”

Therefore, we ask that students and staff please continue to abide by the masking rules. It is my understanding that the Governor and Commissioner of Education will provide specific language related to this, possibly as early as today.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Jason Andrews, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

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