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As superintendent of the Ellington Public Schools, Dr. Scott Nicol is proud to co-create with students, teachers, parents, administrators and the community to build a culture of learning that challenges and inspires all students on their personalized educational journey. Before he came to Ellington in 2015, Dr. Nicol served as the Executive Director of Performance Management for the Hartford Public Schools. He has served as a principal for Regional School District #13 (Durham and Middlefield), an assistant principal for the Vernon Public Schools, and a history teacher for Regional School District #8 (Hebron, Andover and Marlborough). A graduate of nearby Rockville High School, Dr. Nicol received his undergraduate degree from Providence College and holds a doctorate degree from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Nicol resides in Portland with his wife, Heather, and two sons, Carson and Reese.

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Dear Ellington Family - 


I send this correspondence on behalf of the Ellington Board of Education.

On Thursday, December 9, 2021, the Ellington Board of Education approved a letter to Commissioner Manitha Juthani of the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH).  The letter expresses concerns over a State policy direction that has the potential to publicly stigmatize students based upon their medical status--vaccinated or unvaccinated. 


Ellington Board of Education's Letter to DPH Commissioner Juthani: Stigmatizing Students Based On Vaccination Status (December 10, 2021) 


The current Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference guidelines--as supported by DPH--that go into effect December 24th establish this approach that is similar to DPH's youth sports policy direction.   


The Board is concerned that DPH, in concert with the CT State Department of Education, will consider a similar policy direction and/or support legislation that will continue to visibly distinguish students based upon their medical status during the school day. 


Board of Education Approved Motion (12/09/21):


Move that the Board of Education, in recognition of the Board's concerns regarding the creation of state policies, guidelines, or legislation that visibly distinguish between those who are vaccinated and those who are not; specifically that such policies may violate the district's obligations under the Family Educational Records Protection Act to keep student information private that they potentially publicly stigmatize students and present them for targets of harassment and that such decisions to vaccinate fall along demographic religious, cultural and socio economic lines; approve the letter as stated with permission for the Superintendent to distribute accordingly.


Dr. Scott V. Nicol

Superintendent of Schools


(860) 896-2300