State Dept. of Education: In-person learning in the fall 'is a priority'
The state Department of Education will not require school systems in Connecticut to offer remote classes this fall, saying "in-person learning is a priority."
Most teachers and many older students are now vaccinated, and schools are reporting extremely low COVID rates.
Bridgeport Superintendent Michael Testani says the district will be in-person only starting with summer school.
"We really have to make decisions that we know are going to be in the best interest academically and social-emotionally for our kids," Testani said. "And to continue remote after ... three months last school year and another full year this year, it's not a good choice."
Some parents seem to agree.
"I think it's time. I think things are loosening up... Kids need to be socializing again," said Carolyn DeVito, of Stamford.
"Kids should be in school. Kids should be playing sports for their well-being and their mind, and they need to socialize with other kids," said Margaret Carratu, of New Canaan.