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BROOKFIELD — The Brookfield Board of Education sent a letter to Gov. Ned Lamont last week asking for clarity and guidance on masking for students headed back to the classroom in the fall.

The letter— signed by Board of Education Chairman Rosa Fernandes and Superintendent John Barile— requested that the governor provide rapid updates to the expected masking protocol with the impending summer school programs and attempts to plan for return-to-school.

“We are writing to urge you to provide updates to the Governor’s orders and [the state Department of Education] and [Department of Public Health] guidance regarding the requirements of wearing masks in schools very quickly, and not let such decisions drag into the summer months,” the letter said.

This action followed a Board of Education meeting during which parents expressed their concern for about an hour regarding masks at schools. The comments occurred during the public comment portion of the meeting.


Parents approached the microphone one-by-one to talk about what they felt were psychological, academic, and emotional impediments to their child’s lives caused by masking, among other social distancing protocols.

Parents cited high adult vaccination rates, low levels of COVID-19 community transmission, and the low chance of severe symptoms in young children. With no remote option offered for the 2021-2022 school year, some parents threatened private school or homeschooling if mask mandates weren’t lifted.

After public comment closed, board member Bob Belden asked Barile whether the the administration held a position on masking.

“If we have the option to not have to wear masks, I do not want to have our staff and our students wearing masks,” Barile responded. “I do not want to see us having to wear masks if it’s not necessary.”



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