Update on Masks – Jan. 28

January 28, 2022

Dear Blue Waves Families,
Please be advised, that the district received the following update from the Commissioner regarding the topic of masks in our schools.
“Earlier this week, the Appellate Division, Second Department issued a stay order which upheld the Department of Health’s mask requirement in schools (10 NYCRR 2.60). Although the court set a hearing deadline for today, the State Education Department has confirmed that this deadline pertained only to written submissions. SED anticipates that the court will issue a further ruling in the coming weeks.Until such time, the mask rule remains in effect. School districts must also abide by any commitment to mask wearing contained in their publicly posted reopening plans for the 2021-2022 school year.”
As such, please be aware that masks will continue to be required in our Riverhead Schools when indoors. I know that many families were eager to hear the outcome of today’s proceedings and, as such, wanted to share this important update with you. The district will continue to monitor this situation and provide any further updates as they become available.
Dr. Augustine E.Tornatore
Superintendent of Schools