Update Jan. 25: Mask rule to remain in effect while court proceedings continue

The statewide mask mandate will remain in effect after a New York appellate court judge issued a “stay” Tuesday evening, allowing the governor’s mask mandate to continue amid an appeal.

As stated in a districtwide email sent to Fayetteville-Manlius families earlier today, a Nassau County Supreme Court judge ruled that the way New York state created its mask mandate was unconstitutional and a violation of state law. 

The state appealed the Nassau County decision.

We know that our staff and family have questions about this news and what it means for schools. At this time, all staff, students and school visitors are required to wear a mask or face covering 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.

As has been the case throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our 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 staff and families. As this most recent situation evolves, we will continue to provide updates via the district website and SchoolMessenger.