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Mask rule still in effect (updated with new information)

Jan. 28, 2022

Dear families,  

First, I want to take a moment and thank the CCS community for their continued partnership throughout this period of pandemic; especially, during this incredibly challenging and confusing week. A great deal of misinformation has been circulating throughout the state and I want to thank our community for continuing to work with the district.  

Since the pandemic began, school districts throughout New York state have been working hard to navigate the ever-changing guidance and state mandates that are issued with little or no advanced communication from the state agencies. This has been an incredible challenge. I would like to reiterate that all the enacted mandates and daily protocols are coming directly from Albany and in order for our district to remain open, we are required to comply with the state mandates.

Early yesterday, New York state school districts were notified by the Attorney General’s Office that there will not be oral arguments regarding the state’s appeal of the Nassau County Supreme Court decision on Friday. The Friday, Jan. 28 deadline that was reported is a deadline for parties to submit briefs. Therefore, it is extremely unlikely that there will be a decision from the Appellate Court today or over the weekend. As a result, New York state’s requirement for masking in school remains in effect.

Please note, all superintendents in the WSWHE BOCES have signed a letter and forwarded it to Governor Hochul and Commissioner Bassett seeking a “Pathway to Normalcy” and have been advocating for clear guidance and metrics on when we can return to normal.

As any new information is provided, we will ensure that we communicate any changes in protocols as soon as possible.

As a district we understand how frustrating and confusing all this information has been. We feel your frustration and have been working with our state representatives on how New York state can move forward and return to some sense of normalcy as soon as possible.  

Sincerely,

Dr. Douglas Silvernell
Superintendent of Schools


Jan. 25, 2022, 10 p.m.

This afternoon, the Appellate Division, Second Department of the Courts of New York held a preliminary hearing for the appeal of the Nassau County Supreme Court decision from yesterday. Following that hearing, Judge Miller granted the application for appeal by the Department of Health and the Governor’s Office through Friday, Jan. 28 to permit the parties an opportunity for additional presentations.

As a result, all public school districts in New York state remain subject to the Department of Health masking regulation through the proceedings on Jan. 28 and the subsequent determination.

The district will continue to monitor any and all proceedings and work to keep you as informed as possible.

The district realizes that last night and today was a confusing and frustrating time and we share those feelings with you. We continue to appreciate your patience and support as we work together during this challenging time.

Dr. Douglas Silvernell
Superintendent of Schools


Jan. 25, 2022

Dear families,

You may be aware of a Nassau County Supreme Court ruling concerning the constitutionality of the state’s mask mandate. The New York State Education Department stated the following last night:

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.

The NYSDOH and Governor Hochul submitted an appeal to the decision this morning. 

All students and staff members are required to wear masks at school. We will continue to follow the guidelines of the New York State Education Department and New York State Department of Health and will let you know if those change at any time.

Thank you for your continued partnership.

Sincerely, 

Dr. Douglas Silvernell
Superintendent of Schools