Parents, teachers rally in Hartford to delay in-person classes

Parents and teachers were at the state Capitol Wednesday asking for a delay to in-person classes.

News 12 Staff

Aug 19, 2020, 7:13 PM

Updated 1,396 days ago

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Parents and teachers were at the state Capitol Wednesday asking for a delay to in-person classes.
The group says it's not safe until a COVID-19 vaccine is available.
More than half of all school systems plan to have all students in class by October.
Gov. Ned Lamont is pushing that option because Connecticut's infection rate has dropped below 1%.
"We've kept our infection rate one of the lowest in the country," said Lamont. "And I think we've earned the right, our kids have earned the right to be able to go into a classroom and see their friends and be with a teacher and have real in-classroom education."
But parents warned that kids in classrooms will lead to a second wave.
"Y'all think that kids are going to sit in their individual seats, 6 feet apart? That is not what students are. Kids have runny noses. They touch things," said school counselor Jennifer Smagin.
The state's largest teachers' union wants a delay. They want school delayed at least two weeks, rapid testing for all students and staff and all remote learning for areas with high infection rates.
"The leaders of our state have a different opinion than we do about safety. They are not in the classroom. They are not enduring 3 feet or 4 feet distance," said Anette Landry, a former teacher.
Parents are not required to send their kids to school, they can choose remote learning if they want. But remote learning has left some students behind.
For more information on the Connecticut Teachers' Association recommendations, click here.


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