A Message from the Superintendent of Schools

Dear William Floyd school community:

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the State of New York (Nassau County) ruled that it is unlawful for the state to impose a mask mandate in the manner it was done (apart from the State Legislature). As a result of that case, the district made the decision to abide by the State Supreme Court ruling and allow masks to be optional for Tuesday, January 25.

Governor Hochul’s office pursued an appeal of that ruling, which was heard this afternoon by State Appellate Court Judge Robert Miller. Judge Miller ruled a “stay” or a temporary suspension of the State Supreme Court decision ruling masks unconstitutional. As a result, the mask mandate is back in effect beginning Wednesday, January 26, for students and staff in our district and in districts across the state. Again, this is a temporary suspension, and a hearing on the case is expected to be held on Friday, with a decision possibly coming soon after that.

We know there are differing and passionate viewpoints on this matter and respect all opinions. However, we will continue to follow the laws -- as we have throughout these unprecedented times – that are put in place. Our district does not make these laws, so whether you are for or against them, now is the time to share your thoughts respectfully with the Governor and other state elected officials.

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation. We will continue to keep the community informed on any new developments.  

Sincerely,

Kevin Coster
Superintendent of Schools

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