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COVID-19 Update - August 10, 2021

Dear Region 1 Families and Staff:


It is hard to believe that August is upon us, and the first day of school is around the corner. I am writing to you today with an update regarding expectations for the opening of school this year. In my last letter of July 30, I referenced the rising number of COVID-19 cases throughout the State (due to the presence of the Delta variant) and indicated that this has been identified as a cause for concern by the Governor’s office as well as by those who work for the CT Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE). While we are still awaiting a final official set of reopening requirements, today I can clarify the expectations with regard to wearing masks in school. 


As of this date, we have been informed by staff at the CT DPH and CSDE that the Governor’s executive order with respect to wearing masks in schools remains in place such that “everyone must wear masks regardless of vaccination status while inside certain settings, such as...schools and childcare, pursuant to an order from the Commissioner of the Department of Public Health. We have been told that this order will remain in place until September 30th and that the Governor will decide in the coming weeks whether or not to extend the order until later in the school year. Thus, all Region 1 students and staff will be required to wear masks in school as was our practice last year.


We will be holding community meetings for families to present all of the information with respect to the start of the school year during the week of August 23rd. Please watch for communication from your school principal about the specific date for your school’s meeting. The meeting will include a brief presentation as well as time for you to ask questions. 


I have been watching the Daily Data Report on the ct.gov website and have been meeting weekly with the Torrington Area Health District staff, so I am aware that the cases in our towns remain quite low, with cases of fewer than 5 or zero.  Thank you for all that you are doing to guard against the transmission of the virus.  We know that (based on our experience last year) we can prevent the spread of the virus by following all of the mitigation practices (masks, distancing, and hand hygiene) and keep our schools open. We look forward to a safe and healthy opening of the school year and look forward to seeing you at the meetings later this month to answer all of your questions.


Enjoy the next few weeks and we will see you soon.



Sincerely,


Lisa B. Carter

Superintendent