Update on Masking - February 9, 2022

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February 9, 2022

Dear Rocky Hill Families and Staff Members,

As you are most likely aware, on February 7, 2022, Governor Lamont held a press conference and announced his intention to request that the Connecticut General Assembly extend the school and early-childcare mask mandate through February 28, 2022. 

The Connecticut State House of Representatives is scheduled to address the masking issue tomorrow, February 10, 2022. The Connecticut State Senate is scheduled to meet on Monday, February 14, 2022, for the same purpose. 

Please be advised that until the legislative process has been completed, all school districts in Connecticut, including the Rocky Hill Public Schools, must continue to comply with the current masking requirements which (as of today) remain in effect through February 15, 2022. In the event that the state legislature votes to extend mandatory masking through February 28, 2022, (in accordance with Governor Lamont’s request) all school districts will be required to comply with such legislative action. 

It is also important to note that the federal government continues to maintain an order requiring that masks be worn by all individuals using public transportation. School buses fall under this order; hence, even if our state-level authorities in Connecticut ultimately remove the masking requirement as it pertains to school buildings, students and staff will still be required to wear a mask while traveling on school buses until such time that the federal order is rescinded. 

My office has received a number of inquiries from concerned parents regarding the current masks-in-schools mandate. Please be advised that the Board of Education is monitoring closely the actions taken by our state-level authorities and will review all new legislation and/or executive orders once this process has been completed. The Board, as it has done since the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, will continue to comply with all laws promulgated by the Connecticut General Assembly and all executive orders issued by the Governor (via the extended powers he has been granted through the legislative process).

Finally, please be advised that the Board of Education has not authorized any outside group or individual to conduct parent surveys regarding the masking issue via various social media platforms or online chat forums. Any groups purporting to solicit feedback on behalf of the Board of Education are doing so on their own, without authority or approval from the Board. 

Respectfully,

Mark Zito, Ed. D., Superintendent of Schools