With new coronavirus concerns mounting, some municipalities have set forth face mask advisories and other precautionary measures, but nothing along these lines has been decided for Hull’s municipal buildings as of now, nor for the return to school early next month.
“No decision has yet been made regarding [vaccination, mask, or other] requirements for employees or town buildings,” Town Manager Philip Lemnios told The Hull Times in response to an email inquiry.
It is expected that at the next in-person Select Board meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 18, Public Health Director Joyce Sullivan will provide a COVID-19 update.
School Superintendent Judith Kuehn told the Times that masking, cleaning, and other virus-related protocols will be discussed at the next School Committee meeting, set for Tuesday, Aug. 24, at Hull High School starting at 6:30 p.m.
“We’ll be talking about everything involved with the reopening of the Hull Public Schools on Sept. 1,” Kuehn said. “I will make my recommendations to the School Committee – based on consultations with the Board of Health, the HPS leadership team, and our school nurses and current data – to keep our students and staff safe.”
Kuehn stressed that careful consideration will be given to the issue. “We did great last year, so we have a solid foundation in place for the new school year,” she said.
Once a decision is made, communications will be forwarded to parents and students regarding procedures that will be in place for the reopening of the schools.
Kuehn noted that the School Committee will continue to meet in person for at least the time being. The Select Board and School Committee meetings can be also be watched live on hulltv.net. (Check the town website for further information.)