Fall School Reopen Plan Webinar – July 9

Posted on July 6, 2020 by admin


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This Thursday, July 9, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Connecticut Department of Education will be hosting a live moderated webinar to discuss the official fall school reopen plan, Adapt Advance, Achieve: Connecticut’s Plan to Learn and Grow Together. The webinar will include an overview of the plan by the state’s Commissioner of Education, Miguel Cardona, for the benefit of district leaders, parents, students, teachers, political partners, and educational stakeholders.

The webinar will be limited

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Tax Update, Plan for Fall School Reopening, Unemployment Information, and State Programs

Posted on July 2, 2020 by admin


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I’d like to share with you an update on a few important developments from this week.

Return of the Plastic Bag Tax

On July 1, Connecticut resumed collection of the $0.10 tax on single use plastic bags. This tax was temporarily lifted in March during the height of the pandemic to help slow the spread of COVID-19 through items such as reusable shopping bags. The original executive order (7N) also allowed grocery store employees to refuse bagging items for customers who were using reusable plastic bags.

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School Reopening Plan Released, DMV Update, and New Travel Advisory

Posted on June 26, 2020 by admin


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I’d like to share with you an update on a few important developments from this week.

State Releases Outline of Fall School Reopening Plan

Distance learning has allowed our educators to continue doing their very important jobs during the height of this pandemic, but it has also presented challenges. Dealing with internet issues, difficulty accessing electronic devices, and other technology barriers, many teachers, parents, and students have found themselves limited in what can be accomplished online.

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Update on Recent Developments Related to COVID-19

Posted on June 9, 2020 by admin


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Phase Two Reopening: Rules by Sector

The Lamont administration has released rules for businesses included in the state’s Phase Two reopening plan, which so far is scheduled to begin on June 17. The documents below contain sector-specific rules for reopening including requirements for physical distancing, spatial capacity, hygiene and sanitation, personal protective equipment, and more.

Here are the documents by sector:

Rep. Lavielle, Wilton Leaders Raise Voices for Racial Justice and Equality

Posted on June 2, 2020 by admin


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It wasn’t that long ago–the summer of 2017–that so many of us in town gathered at Our Lady of Fatima to share our sorrow and condemnation of the events in Charlottesville. I didn’t imagine then that the town would be coming together in the same place to do the same thing three years later.

It’s impossible not to respond to the violence that occurred in Minnesota with anything but revulsion, disgust, anger, and sadness. George Floyd’s death and the other similar deaths we saw recently were senseless.

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Commemorating Those Who Made Our History

Posted on May 25, 2020 by admin


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Commemorating Those Who Made Our History

Memorial Day is a time to reflect on the contributions of those who served in the military in times of war and made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of our country.

It is a solemn and moving occasion, because it is a time for us to honor the fallen who served in all armed conflicts, at all moments in our history. It can be hard, with the distance of time, to take the measure of their sacrifices. But thinking about them as individuals makes it easier. Each

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Who Should be Recommending When and How to Open Our Schools

Posted on May 11, 2020 by admin


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COVID-19 Update:

Who Should be Recommending When and How

to Open Our Schools

This morning, I sent a letter to the members of today’s televised roundtable on education organized by the Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group. The letter expresses my concerns with the membership of the Advisory Group’s Education Committee. Specifically, I wanted to suggest important adjustments to the composition of this important subsidiary committee, which will ultimately make recommendations to the governor about when

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COVID-19 Update: Expansion of Testing, Unemployment Assistance, Small Business Relief, Schools, and More

Posted on May 8, 2020 by admin


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COVID-19 Update:

Expansion of Testing, Unemployment Assistance,

Small Business Relief, Schools, and More

It can be difficult to keep up with the volume of news about the COVID-19 situation in Connecticut. A number of new developments have taken place over the past few days, and I’d like to share with you a summary of them here.

Important Expansion of COVID-19 Testing

Governor Lamont and the CT Department of Public Health have suspended a regulation that required a doctor’s referral for residents

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COVID-19: Latest Executive Order, Rapid Testing Centers, and More

Posted on April 18, 2020 by admin


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Updates from the Governor’s Office

Cloth Face Coverings or Higher to be Required in Public

Governor Lamont has signed a new executive order (7BB) requiring cloth face covers or a higher level of protection while in public wherever close contact is unavoidable. This executive order goes into effect Monday, April 20, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. Face covers must be worn if coming within six feet of others, when using a taxi or rideshare service (Uber/Lyft), and in other public spaces such as a transit stop or

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Rep. Lavielle Joins Mike Hydeck (Remotely) on “Face the Facts”

Posted on April 10, 2020 by admin


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State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-Wilton) joined NBC CT anchor Mike Hydeck on Face the Facts to discuss the state’s coronavirus response, House Republican proposals to help residents and business owners during the COVID-19 pandemic, and other related topics.