Wednesday, January 26, 2022


The New York state government is claiming that schools must continue to enforce its statewide mask mandate despite a court ruling declaring the order unconstitutional. 

In a statement released Tuesday, the State Education Department informed schools that Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul's office and the state Department of Health have filed an appeal after the state Supreme Court (only a trial court in New York, not the highest court) declared the mask mandate illegal Monday. The department claimed that the appeal process triggers an automatic stay on the court's orders, meaning "schools should continue to follow the mask rule." 

"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," the Education Department said, according to Fox News

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