One of the most frequent topics of conversation at Wilton Board of Education meetings right now concerns the School Mask Mandate. The mandate is something set by Gov. Ned Lamont and the CT State Department of Education, and the district is has no choice but to implement. Mandatory mask wearing is a frequent subject of letters sent and comments made by residents to the BOE members.
While the idea of mask wearing has taken on political overtones throughout the last two years, the conversation has become much more nuanced, given the impact of the COVID pandemic on students’ social-emotional development and academic progress.
GOOD Morning Wilton is seeking input from readers regarding the question of whether the school mask mandate should remain, or whether it is time to modify or end it. We are interested in finding out what Wilton residents think, and hope to include responses in future editorial coverage.
This is NOT a survey, and we’re not calculating how many Wilton residents feel one way or another. There will be NO findings of “a majority feels this way” or “xx% of respondents said they think the Wilton School District should do XYZ.”
We understand this is a very complicated and, at times, heated issue. We are hoping to further the discussion so that people with different opinions can get a better appreciation for what others believe and why. We’re hoping to help amplify voices of people who may not feel like their views are heard and see if people can come to some understanding of one another rather than pit one side vs. the other.
We are requiring people to provide their names and are not accepting anonymous responses at this time. (Anonymity tends to up the rhetoric and temperature; we’re hoping to encourage more substantial discussion and opinion.) Completing and submitting the questionnaire gives GMW permission to use your answers in future news stories. However, respondents will be able to choose whether or not their names can be published in any GMW reporting.
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Thank you for your participation.
Editor’s note: The questionnaire can be filled out below, or accessed via Google.