Keeping school buildings closed for the academic year “breaks my heart,” Governor Lamont said at a press conference this afternoon. However, despite the governor’s hope that students might be able to return to school for a few weeks, after hearing from superintendents, parents, and teachers, he concluded “this was no time to take that risk.”
“While this decision to cancel is not welcomed by students, parents, or educators, we know that we have to continue to look at this as a safety issue,” said Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona.
He continued, “For students listening, your school year has not ended, your teachers and district school leaders and staff are committed to supporting your learning through the remainder of the school year. While we know it’s not the same, on this Teacher Appreciation Day, I want to acknowledge all the educators who have given tirelessly to their students while tending to their own families and caring for their loved ones—thank you. We have a month left of classes. Let’s finish strong, Connecticut.” Read more
Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he is extending in-school class cancellations until May 20. “That’s the earliest we’d reconsider opening anything,” the governor said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if the May 20th date gets extended as well.”
“We appreciate Governor Lamont’s response to the state’s ongoing public health emergency. The first priority must always be to protect the health and safety of our students, teachers, and communities,” said CEA President Jeff Leake. “We support the governor and the medical professionals who say keeping schools closed will help lessen the strain on our hospitals, and preserve more lives. That requires all of us to follow safety procedures, make sacrifices, and obey social distancing guidelines. Keeping schools closed until at least May 20, is just one of many actions required to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.”
“This decision has not been made lightly,” said Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona. “It was made following consultation with public health experts and education stakeholders to protect the lives of our students, dedicated staff, and healthcare workers. We will not resume any school activity unless it is determined it is safe for everyone involved. Until that time, distance learning should continue.” Read more