Dear Families in the Bellmore Merrick Communities,
Yesterday, the Supreme Court of Nassau County ruled that the Governor and the New York State Commissioner of Health did not properly enact a “mask mandate” for indoor public spaces including schools, making the mandate unlawful. The Governor later announced, “we are pursuing every option to reverse this immediately.”
Based on this Court ruling and upon the advice of our attorneys, last evening we shared that the mask mandate was lifted. It was also indicated in last night’s email that it was possible things could change if a stay of the court’s decision was granted and the state mask mandate was restored.
Our attorneys informed us that today there was oral argument before the Honorable Justice Miller of the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court. As a result, he ordered a temporary stay which restores the State’s mask mandate, pending a hearing and determination of the stay application. This stay is effective through Friday, January 28, 2022. Therefore, effective tomorrow, Wednesday, January 26, 2022, schools must follow the mask rules that have been in place for all staff and students since September 2021. We will communicate any further rulings from the Appellate Division as they are received.
We know the past two years have been filled with uncertainty, frustration, and confusion for all of us.
Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate the abrupt shifts in pandemic conditions and government policy. We will communicate any further rulings and/or information we receive on this matter.
Dr. Joseph S. Famularo
Mr. Michael Harrington
Dr. Dominick Palma
Dr. Cynthia Seniuk
Mrs. Marie Testa
Superintendents of Schools