Gov. Lamont: Current health metrics support full reopening of schools in the fall
Gov. Ned Lamont says new metrics support a full reopening of Connecticut schools in the fall.
Lamont says the metrics point to a low positivity and a low transmission rate for the coronavirus.
The governor made the announcement Thursday.
He says officials in the state are looking at a hybrid approach with a combination of both in-person learning and distance learning.
School districts still need to figure out exactly how to make the state's plan work.
Lamont says in-person learning is important for the social-emotional learning aspect.
He says it's important for schools to reopen because 25 to 30% of students did not do well with distance learning during the pandemic, their parents might be going back to work, and some students also rely heavily on getting their meals at school.
Gov. Lamont says school districts that do not want to commit to either full-time in-person lessons or a hybrid approach would need to make a case for an exception for 100% distance learning to the education commissioner.
In order to accommodate students who will be learning at home, Lamont says 100,000 chrome books will be delivered to the students who need them the most.
Wi-Fi hot-spots will also be made available.