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Lamont Boosts In-Person Education During School Visit

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Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont visited a high school in Windsor Locks on Tuesday in his push for schools to resume full in-person learning.

Windsor Locks High School has had a COVID-19 vaccine clinic for staff as part of the state’s vaccine rollout for educators. Barbara Niziolek is a social studies teacher at the school. She said it’s made a big difference.

“We are here to be in person with students. And thanks to getting the vaccine now and having it all rolled out, we are able to do that with a new confidence that we necessarily didn’t have before," Niziolek said.

Governor Lamont said his focus now is to encourage parents to send their children back to school.

“I hope everybody gets back to school. I’d like them to get back to school next week. And certainly to get back to school in the fall,” Lamont said.

He said the state will use money it received from the American Rescue Plan to provide summer school programs to help students be better prepared to learn in the fall.

About 200,000 Connecticut public school students, mainly from the cities, have not been in school during the pandemic.

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.