Update from Mr. Dillon and Dr. Zito

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August 13, 2021
 
Dear Families, Students, and Staff Members,
 
We hope that you are enjoying your summer. We are writing today with a few important updates:
 
  • The first day of school for students is scheduled for Thursday, September 2, 2021. We look forward to welcoming your child to school as we kick off the 2021-22 school year. Please remember that Rocky Hill is only offering “in-person” learning experiences for 2021-22 and will not provide a remote learning option. 
  • On August 5, 2021, Governor Lamont signed executive order 13-A. This order mandates that masks be worn by all individuals in all of Connecticut’s public and private schools. This order extends through September 30, 2021, and applies to all individuals in schools regardless of vaccination status. This means that Rocky Hill is required to open all schools with universal mask wearing in place. 
  • Rocky Hill is once again partnering with the Berlin Public Schools to offer a drive-through COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Beacon Prescriptions in New Britain. The clinic will provide the Pfizer vaccine and will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 21, 2021. Beacon prescriptions is located at 543 West Main Street in New Britain. Anyone who is 12 years of age or older is eligible. A parent or guardian must accompany any child under the age of 18 years. The follow-up dose is planned for Saturday, September 11, 2021. Drive-ups without an appointment are also welcome but please be aware that you may need to wait a bit longer. We are grateful for the collaboration with officials from our neighboring community, Berlin, that has allowed us to provide this opportunity. 
 
Click on this link to sign up for an appointment:
 
Click here to download the necessary forms:
Vaccine Intake Form
 
Please print and complete the forms and bring them with you to the appointment. 
 
In closing, we want to acknowledge and recognize that the coronavirus pandemic is still impacting our community, our state, and our nation. Your flexibility and understanding is appreciated greatly as we continue to battle through the obstacles that this unfortunate situation has created for everyone. The recent rise in positive cases throughout our state, largely attributable to the delta variant, means that our schools will still need to have mitigation measures in place when we open the doors for our students in a few weeks. Our focus remains on providing all children with an outstanding, in-person learning experience and doing what we can to protect everyone’s health. Our entire school community met this challenge head-on last year, and we remain confident that we will do so again. We wish you all the best for the remaining weeks of summer and we look forward to welcoming your child back to school on September 2.
 
Respectfully,
 
Brian A. Dillon, Chairman, Board of Education
 
Mark Zito, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools