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Montville Board of Education continues mask policy in schools

Montville — The Board of Education continues to enforce mask policy in schools after a COVID-19 update during a meeting Tuesday night.

Gov. Ned Lamont's executive order and mask mandate for schools in the state is set to expire on Sept. 30, but the board also has a mask policy of its own.

Superintendent Laurie Pallin on Tuesday presented a map from the state Department of Public Health, showing the average daily rate of coronavirus cases per 100,000 population by town. Montville continues to be in the red zone, with 19.7 cases per 100,000.

"It's leveling but it's not going down," Pallin said.

Based on the data, she recommended the board continue to enforce its policy on masks in schools, regardless of the expiring executive order. The board decided to revisit the mask policy the third week of October.

During the meeting, the board also approved a policy that mirrors the executive order going into effect Sept. 27, mandating all covered workers must show proof of vaccination, appointment or exemption. Pallin said currently there are 50 workers — out of the district's 550 — that are not vaccinated and less than 20 on their way to being vaccinated.

j.vazquez@theday.com

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