Dr. Scott V. Nicol, Superintendent
October 1st, 2021
Yesterday, you received correspondence from Brian Greenleaf, Director of Finance and Operations, that conveyed the extension of Governor Lamont's Emergency Powers and Executive Order 14 through February 15, 2022. This extension includes the provisions of Executive Order 13A, which provide the authority of requiring masks in schools. Please see Acting Department of Public Health Commissioner Gifford's conditions and environments relative to masking.
The Ellington Public Schools will continue to follow this mandate.
The stress of the past year and a half has taken a toll on all of us. The Ellington family has not been immune to the strained relations amongst our members as groups entrenched themselves in different positions, different opinions, different "sides". We saw this to an extent in our August and September board meetings. However, with few exceptions, the Ellington Family has treated one another with respect and civility, even as emotions ran high. No doubt, Ellington's Seeds of Civility are in full effect.
On September 30th, the American Federations of Teachers (AFT) and Open Schools USA came together with health experts to engage in a civil discussion around the recent health crisis. There was much to agree and disagree on with this discussion. However, the respectful dialogue that occurred was important and impressive.
This dialogue is approximately 90 minutes. My suggestion is to watch the entire video to get a full perspective on the matters at hand.
Please know that I believe the path forward is through peace and love. Peace and love can permeate our actions and thoughts. When this journey is all said and done, people will not care who was right or wrong, but they will remember how we treated one another.
As we lift each other up, with sincere peace and love to you all.
Dr. Scott Nicol, Superintendent of Schools