Dear DCS Community:
As I alerted you last night, on Monday, Jan. 24, a Nassau County Supreme Court judge ruled that the way the state created its mask mandate was unconstitutional and a violation of state law. However, following a court hearing today, a “stay” was issued on this decision. This means that the mask mandate will continue to be in effect statewide while court proceedings continue.
At this time, all staff, students and school visitors are required to wear a mask while in our schools. There is no change to the health and safety protocols we have been following in recent months as it relates to masks. I hear and understand community members who disagree with this policy and look forward to a time when there is no need for it. While I do feel as if we are headed in that direction, we are not quite there yet.
As has been the case throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the district’s priority continues to be the health and safety of our school community. We also remain committed to providing the most up-to-date information to our school community. As this most recent situation evolves, we will continue to update you. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.
Dr. James Niedermeier