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What Will School Look Like in the Fall?

A virtual panel hosted by Special Education Equity for Kids (SEEK) of Connecticut discussed the need for safeguards and protocols to be in place before in-person schooling resumes.

Connecticut’s elected officials, health experts, education stakeholders, and others agree that when school resumes this fall, it is unlikely to look like school pre-COVID. Safeguards will need to be in place to protect students and staff against exposure to a virus that has no available vaccine and is still not well-understood. Protocol will need to be developed to assess and remediate against learning loss, trauma, and other by-products of the global pandemic.

But what will those safeguards and protocols be, and will they be consistent from district to district? Those were a few of the questions raised during a virtual panel discussion hosted by the nonprofit Special Education Equity for Kids (SEEK) of Connecticut.

As the state works on guidance and plans for reopening schools, SEEK is looking to teachers, administrators, parents, and others for potential strategies and concerns, particularly when it comes to students with special needs. Panel discussants, who answered questions submitted via Zoom, included CEA President Jeff Leake, Old Saybrook Superintendent of Schools Jan Perruccio, Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) Deputy Director and General Counsel Patrice McCarthy, Connecticut Counselor of Administrators of Special Education (ConnCASE) Executive Director Dave Scata, and Norwalk parent advocate Geraldine Fleming. SEEK board members Andrew Feinstein and Jennifer Laviano moderated. Read more

What Will School Look Like When the COVID Closure Ends?

Governor Lamont and the Commissioner of Education have made it clear that when in-person schooling resumes it is unlikely to look like school pre-COVID. A variety of proposals have been made to protect students and staff, including masks, temperature checks, smaller class sizes, gradual opening, half days, and more.

Register now for a May 19 webinar where CEA President Jeff Leake and other education stakeholders will explore these proposals and discuss their ramifications.

They will particularly emphasize how the measures that have been discussed could impact special education and the parents of children receiving special education services.

This webinar will be co-moderated by Special Education Equity for Kids (SEEK) of Connecticut Board Members Andrew Feinstein, Esq. and Jennifer Laviano, Esq.

Panelists include:

  • Jeff Leake, President, Connecticut Education Association
  • Jan Perruccio, Superintendent of Schools, Old Saybrook
  • Dave Scata, Executive Director, Connecticut Counselor of Administrators of Special Education (ConnCASE)
  • Geraldine Fleming, Parent Advocate, Norwalk
  • Patrice McCarthy, Deputy Director and General Counsel, Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE)