Trumbull superintendent confirms mask mandate will end Feb. 28

Trumbull High School - The Superintendent of Schools confirmed that masks will no longer be required in Trumbull schools after Feb. 28 2022, but will still be required on school buses.

Trumbull High School - The Superintendent of Schools confirmed that masks will no longer be required in Trumbull schools after Feb. 28 2022, but will still be required on school buses.

Ned Gerard / Hearst Connecticut Media

TRUMBULL — The superintendent of schools confirmed Wednesday that masks will no longer be required in Trumbull schools after Feb. 28, but will still be required on school buses.

In letter to parents and staff posted on the Trumbull Public Schools website, Superintendent of Schools Martin Semmel said wearing a face covering will no longer be mandated for students, staff or visitor at Trumbull Schools after the state mandate is lifted. However, he said, people will still have the option to wear a mask if they choose.

“Our teachers and staff will reinforce that mask choice is a personal one and that mean-spirited behavior around those choices is not acceptable in our schools,” Semmel said in the message.

He instructed parents who wish for their child to wear a mask at school to set that expectation at home, as teachers will not be asked to enforce those wishes while the students are in schools.

“Our staff do not have the time to police or enforce individual family wishes as it relates to wearing masks,” Semmel said.

The masks will still be required on school buses, as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services requires masks on all public transportation.

Semmel stated that the state still has the power to reinstate the mask mandate through June 30 if the rates of COVID-19 become too high. But, he said, the state “did not provide any specific metrics or thresholds that would result in the reinstatement of the mandate.”

He reiterated that the Trumbull schools will continue to follow COVID mitigation strategies about enforcing “good hand hygiene” and cleaning high-touch surfaces.

“At this time, we will continue to update our website daily with COVID cases and our principals will continue to send a daily email regarding cases at their school,” Semmel said. “We are thrilled that we are getting closer to a normal learning environment.”

After Gov. Ned Lamont came out earlier this month stating he planned to lift the mandate at the end of the month, Semmel quickly issued a letter to staff and families stating that he would recommend that masks no longer be required in Trumbull schools once the state mandate was lifted.