Gov. Lamont: Connecticut Will Likely Follow New School Mask Guidelines
The CDC issued another round of new mask guidelines on Tuesday and that includes masks for school children grades K through 12.
In an effort to control the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued yet another mask mandate that included guidance for school children and school staff.
The new mandate will effect students from grades K through 12, no matter if they are vaccinated or not.
According to courant.com, the recommendation from the CDC is that all students wear a mask indoors, that's basically all day in the classroom. The recommendation also includes teachers, staff members and visitors and will be in effect for everyone regardless of your vaccination status.
CDC Agency Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky released a statement regarding the upcoming 2021/2022 school year saying that schools will return to normal full time, in-person learning in the fall, but with preventative measures in place which includes the new mask mandate.
There have been instances during the pandemic when Connecticut didn't always follow the CDC's guidance, but on Tuesday, Governor Ned Lamont indicated that he would likely have the state and the schools follow the latest recommendations.
In response to the new mask orders, the Connecticut Education Association, the state's teachers union, released a statement saying that the new school mask mandate is the best way to ensure the safety of the students and the teachers and staff, and will ensure that students stay in school and not have to go back to online distance learning.
Obviously parents and teachers will have their own opinions on this latest mask mandate, but within the next few weeks, we should see the Connecticut Department of Education and the Connecticut Department of Public Health release their updated mask guidelines for the upcoming school year with all the new mask mandates being addressed.