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Mask mandate ruling

January 24, 2022

Dear FPCS Families,

The Fort Plain Central School District is aware of today’s ruling by the Nassau County Supreme Court regarding mask mandates.

The following communication was received this evening 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.”

We understand that this Nassau County ruling has caused confusion. We ask parents, students, and staff to be patient and comply with our mitigation strategies accordingly, including the wearing of masks. We appreciate the support and patience we have received from our families, staff and students and acknowledge that these times are challenging for all of us. Additional information will be shared with families as we learn more.

Thank you.

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