All but one school in Cheshire have started the school year

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(WTNH) — The Cheshire Public Schools system welcomed students back to the classroom Tuesday morning. But, one school didn’t start with the rest of the district, and a meeting that took place in town last week is at the top of people’s minds.

The students of Doolittle Elementary School will have to wait a bit longer to start the school year. The district found mold in several classrooms Monday, and the building is being serviced Tuesday. Tuesday afternoon, the superintendent announced Doolittle will be closed again Wednesday, Sept. 1.  

“The summer break is extended at least a day for Doolittle students. Any days missed to resolve this issue will be added to the end of the school year,” Cheshire schools Superintendent Jeffrey F. Solan, Ed.D. told News 8.

Students are also heading back nearly a week after protestors interrupted Governor Ned Lamont’s back-to-school roundtable at Doolittle. The protestors didn’t want kids to have to wear masks in school, even though children under 12 cannot get vaccinated yet.

State officials said that the state-wide school mask mandate will be in place at least through September. The tension in the meeting escalated to the point where Governor Lamont had to be escorted from the room.

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