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DPH Issues Guidance, But No Metrics to School Districts

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West Hartford Public Schools previously announced plans to become ‘mask optional’ as of March 1, following guidance from the state Department of Education and Public Health.

By Hugh McQuaid, CTNewsJunkie.com 

State agencies released two documents late Friday afternoon advising local education administrators to consider elements like COVID transmission levels and the “risk tolerance” of their districts when crafting mitigation policies in the absence of a state mask mandate.

School districts across the state have been anticipating guidance this week from the Departments of Education and Public Health for developing local COVID mitigation strategies to fill a void left by the statewide classroom masking policy set to expire on Feb. 28.

That guidance came Friday, in the form of two short documents. One offers concepts for boards of education and local officials to consider when drafting their own policies. The other gives guidance on transitioning to a local respiratory disease prevention model. Both documents are three pages long and neither lays out specific numerical COVID metrics, which towns might use as thresholds to enact specific policies.

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