Hamden Public Schools begin delayed school year

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HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Students in Hamden went back to school today. Back in August, Hamden’s Board of Education voted to delay student start time to Sept. 15.

“The administration asked the board of education to delay the reopening because there are a few more matters, particularly related to personnel — staffing — that needed to be addressed,” said Karen Kaplan, of Hamden Public Schools.

Kaplan explained to News 8 that students, families, teachers and staff need to figure out logistics as well as make preparations at home ahead of the new academic year.

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“There are so many teachers that may have underlying conditions or may live with a family member that has severe health needs that would put them or their family members at risk to come back to a public school setting,” said Kaplan. “So, each of those has to be addressed on an individual basis with the director of personnel.”

She also cleared up a misconception about the delayed start date.

“A week ago, there were two teachers — unrelated — that tested positive for COVID,” said Kaplan. “Nothing to do with the delay.”

There are also a number of precarious being taken to ensure everyone’s safety and wellbeing, once students return to the classroom. Some of those precautions, include: desks being at least 6 feet apart, partitions being installed and hallways becoming one way.

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