MONROE, CT — Board of Education members Nick Kapoor and Justin Orlando do not see eye-to-eye on wearing masks to meetings. Orlando has a medical waiver, so Kapoor thinks he should participate remotely, rather than in-person without a mask.
“As elected leaders of our community we should be holding ourselves to a higher standard,” Kapoor said in a statement. “If a Board member can’t comply with the mask mandate, then they should have the respect for our students, staff, and teachers to participate remotely. Unfortunately, some board members can’t seem to meet that basic minimum threshold. ”
Orlando responded on Wednesday:
I would ask if there is a higher standard than the one set by our state’s governor. I am simply abiding by the governor’s order as it is written and do not believe there needs to be a higher standard than that.
Additionally, I would ask, “Do certain board members believe masks are ineffective?”. Based on some of their comments, during and after the meeting, it is certainly implied that they aren’t so confident in their efficacy.
If someone believes masks are effective in stopping COVID transmission and chooses to wear one, then they should not be concerned about whether anyone else is wearing one.
If certain members of the board believe masks work, then wearing one during meetings should be enough to remove any discomfort they may have, especially when social distancing is taking place. And as stated in the BOE meeting, if any member feels uncomfortable, I am certainly supportive of anyone who chooses to attend remotely.