Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella is declaring a “public health crisis” over the educational situation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mazzarella’s office confirmed his decision Tuesday morning, after the mayor called a Monday evening meeting of the Leominster School Committee to discuss the possibility and the effects of remote learning on children and families.
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“I thought long and hard about this and decided that it might be time to consider this as a public health crisis in the community,” he said during the meeting.
Mazzarella said members of the school committee flouted his meeting, leaving early in order to attend a workshop that could’ve been delayed.
“This, to me, is a priority. This, to me, is the most important thing happening in our community,” Mazzarella said.
The mayor said he had heard from numerous families who expressed concern over the effects of the district’s all-remote learning