Connecticut schools should 'plan for a fall reopening,' officials say

Maya Rajamani
June 25, 2020 - 6:26 pm

    HARTFORD, CT (1010 WINS) -- Schools across Connecticut should plan to reopen to students this fall, barring a serious uptick in COVID-19 cases, officials said Thursday. 

    During Gov. Ned Lamont’s daily briefing on Thursday, Department of Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona said school districts should “plan for a fall reopening for all students, every day.”

    Myriad health and safety precautions will be put in place to keep students and teachers safe, Cardona said. 

    Desks will be spaced out; students, staff and bus drivers will be required to wear face coverings; frequent hand washing will be required; and cleaning and disinfecting will be “enhanced,” he said.  


    The state will also encourage schools to group students in class or group “cohorts” that allow them to learn together while minimizing the number of people with whom they come into contact, he said. 


    “We’re prepared to serve our students and adapt as needed,” he said “This school year was marked with disruption. Next school year will be marked with innovation and commitment.”

    Cardona did note that schools should have “alternative plans” ready to go if the state ends up seeing a COVID-19 resurgence within the next two months.

    Connecticut will release additional guidance on school reopenings in conjunction with the state’s Department of Public Health next week, he said. That guidance will include details about “safeguards” that will allow school staff members to feel “comfortable and safe in the learning environment."

    During the briefing, Lamont reported 11 new COVID-19 deaths and 81 new cases. 

    The governor said the “number one” metric informing the state’s decision to reopen schools “was the public health lens.” 

    “Just like we said about reopening our businesses, nothing makes any sense until people feel like they’re safe, and they are safe,” he said. "We've seen what a difference two months can make."