K-12 schools in Connecticut should plan to reopen for all students in the fall, state officials announced on Thursday
To do this, schools must work to maximize social distancing, including reconfiguring desks to maximize distance, frequent hand washing, and requiring face coverings for students and staff, Miguel Cardona, the commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Education, said at a news conference.
“We heard loud and clear that students wanted to get back to school,” Cardona said.
The education department is emphasizing cohorting of students for K-8 and 9-12 grades wherever it’s feasible. The cohorting idea — students staying in their classroom unit as much as possible — was really important to the plan development, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said.
The plans — which are based on the current public health indicators and could shift if needed — were built on a statewide basis for consistency across the towns and school districts, and the goal was to keep things as close to normal as possible, the governor said.
Lamont described planning for reopening K-12 schools as “one of the most complicated pieces of the reopening.”