HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – Gov. Ned Lamont said it’s looking like schools will remain closed through the end of the school year.
That means students would not return to their classes until the fall.
Lamont made the announcement on WCBS Radio Tuesday morning, just one day after saying that schools would be closed until at least April 20.
The constantly changing dates just show some of the governor’s steps are likely to be in place longer than a lot of people had hopes.
Parents who spoke to Channel 3 were not necessarily please to hear the latest news. Many were ready to send their children back to school, but they also said they understand Lamont's reasoning.
The emphasis was on keeping kids safe and slowing the spread of COVID-19.
“[Lamont’s] trying to make all the kids safe, that does make sense, but it’s hard on us parents having the kids at home,” said Jacqueline Burke of Middletown.
School officials were also supportive of the decision.
One of the state’s largest teacher’s union and the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education both said this is in everyone’s best interest.
Schools have already moved to remote learning, so they are hopeful they can keep some of that in place for a little while longer.
“Everyone understands that this is a fluid process and they want to make sure that the best decisions are being made,” said Patrice McCarthy, deputy director of the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education.
The Connecticut Educators Association said "The common belief is that things will get worse before they get better an keeping schools closed until the fall may be necessary to keep everyone safe and prevent the disease from spreading. In the meantime, our dedicated professional educators are doing all they can to keep their students engaged and learning in today's reality."
To help students in the state, Lamont said the “Partnership for Connecticut” is donating 60,000 laptops to give all children access to online learning.
Lamont said they were also able to strike a deal with Scholastic.
“And Scholastic is going to provide their online content to us, at a discount,” Lamont said.
Lamont said the best thing people can do at this time is to stay home.