CHESHIRE, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont met with education and public health officials Wednesday about the upcoming school year.
They met at Highland Elementary School in Cheshire to discuss ways to maintain safe, in-person instruction for students and faculty.READ MORE: NYC Teacher, Principal Unions Warn Of School Staffing Shortages When Vaccine Mandate Takes Effect; De Blasio Says Substitutes Standing By
Among the questions raised, whether masks will be made mandatory for the entire school year.
Officials say they are concerned about the rise in COVID cases nationwide.READ MORE: CDC Backs Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots For Millions Of Seniors And Some Others
“In schools where masks were not required at the beginning of the school year and there was lots of a COVID in the community, we’ve seen very significant disruptions to in-person learning,” said Dr. Deidre Gifford, acting commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health.
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A current executive order mandating masks for some indoor settings, including schools, expires on Sept. 30.MORE NEWS: 'I'm Going To Risk It:' CBS2 Finds Many Subway Riders Still Not Wearing Masks As MTA Starts Issuing Fines
The mandate will be re-evaluated at that time.