Jan. 25: View the superintendent’s message about the mask mandate

Dear Goshen Schools family,

Late this afternoon, a New York appellate judge granted a temporary stay in the state’s lawsuit regarding mask mandates. This means that the indoor mask mandate will remain in place while the case is appealed, and the Goshen Central School District will continue to enforce the mandate.

Therefore, all students and employees must continue wearing a face mask while indoors at Goshen Schools.

This decision is in response to yesterday’s ruling in Nassau County that questioned the constitutionality of New York’s mask mandate. Read more about the Nassau County ruling here.

It is anticipated that the Appellate Court will hear oral arguments on this case at 10 a.m., this Friday January 28, 2022. If the court should make any other decisions regarding the mask mandate, we will be certain to communicate that with the entire community as quickly as possible.

I understand all of the passionate feelings on this issue and how this has affected the entire community.  It’s been a long two years, and many of us are stressed and tired. Please do not let this potentially temporary ruling overshadow the many accomplishments that we have achieved together during this pandemic. With your continued support and understanding, we’ve been able to keep our schools open. Our students are once again learning together with their peers and teachers, enjoying extra-curricular clubs and activities, competing in interscholastic sports and making beautiful art and music. Because of you, we’ve been able to move forward. Let’s continue to work together to keep doing so.

I will continue to keep you informed of any developments and changes associated with the state’s mask rules and its impact on schools.

Thank you,

Dr. Kurtis Kotes
Superintendent of Schools