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Hartford Public Schools says full-time in-person classrooms to return March 1

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — On Friday, Hartford Public Schools announced PreK – 9 students will return to in-person learning full-time starting March 1.

Hartford Public Schools said the district plans to shift back to full-time in-person learning for PreK – 9 students and families that chose that learning option as of Monday, March 1.

“Following guidelines in the Hartford Public Schools Return to Learn plan, and based on guidance from local and state health officials, we will transition back to “Yellow” status, or five days of school per week, for PreK-9 in-person students,” said Superintendent Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez.

The “Shift to Yellow Status” includes:

  • PreK – 9 in-person students will resume attending school five days per week, with half-day Wednesdays.
  • 10-12th graders will continue in the hybrid model without change for now.
  • Students who opted for fully online learning will continue without change.

With a positivity rate under 5 percent, they consulted with health officials and decided it’s safe even if teachers are not vaccinated yet.

“The CDC and the state guidance does not require that all staff be vaccinated prior to returning to full-time in-person learning and this is about 7,500 of our students out of our 17,500 students that are coming back. So we still have almost half of our students that are still fully remote,” says Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez.

On students, she says, “It’s really hard for them to interact all day long through the screen and there’s the other element which is the cycle social development of students whether they’re in 2nd grade or whether they’re in 6th, 8th grade.”

On Wednesday, Feb. 24, Superintendent Torres-Rodriguez will host virtual town halls for families and staff to learn more about the upcoming shift and ask questions. Families will be invited by email and can find also information about the virtual event here.

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