HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - Students will not have to be in school for 180 days during the upcoming school year.
The Connecticut Board of Education voted to waive the 180 day requirement for students for the 2020-21 academic year, Connecticut Democrats said.
NEW: The Connecticut Board of Education has voted to waive the 180 day requirement for students for the 2020-21 school year. Students will have to attend school for 177 days. The extra 3 days will go to COVID-19 safety training.— CT Senate Democrats (@CTSenateDems) July 14, 2020
Many districts have draft plans in place and they’re getting input from parents.
West Hartford is one school district that is getting parents input and they’re giving them the choice of in-school instruction or online learning. Other districts are doing the same.
Tashia Adnino says she’s ready to get her kids back into the classroom in the fall.
“I think it will be half and half. When I spoke to her teacher, she was saying there might be some virtual and in-school contract,” Andino said.
For some Connecticut public school districts like Glastonbury and West Hartford, parents are weighing in on that in online surveys.
Glastonbury’s draft plan is for a full return to school, but they’re also developing other plans, in school and online learning, and just online learning.
In West Hartford, they’re giving parents the option of classroom or online learning. They’ve had an overwhelming response already to their survey. The superintendent says out of the 7,000 parents responding, 80 percent want to send their kids back to school.
About 13 percent are on the fence and 7 percent say online is best.
The superintendent says, “We will continue to monitor the situation, and the governor’s orders, but I remain so very pleased that Connecticut is in a position to plan for the reopening of schools. We need to continue to be safe over the summer so that this can happen.”
Senior lecturer at the University of New Haven Michael Urban says parents who aren’t sure should ask questions especially if the district isn’t giving them a whole lot of information.
“Really trying to minimize the fear of putting information out there, correct information, and allow people to ask those questions and if they don’t, they won’t want to engage,” Urban said.
The Connecticut State Department of Education has voted to waive the 180-day requirement for students for the 2020-2021 school year.
Students will attend three less days, that will go to COVID-19 safety training.
The training allows teachers and staff to plan classroom set up and to prepare them to provide support to students as they go back to school buildings.
“It’s not often that something rises to the occasion that deserves conversation about whether or not limiting 180 days is the right thing to do, but I believe this is one of them,” said Dr. Miguel Cardona, Commissioner of the State Department of Education.
Other schools like East Hartford are also working on finalizing their plans, so parents should have that information soon.