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New Haven clergy members speak out against city’s back to school plan

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut schools are still set to reopen this fall, despite growing concerns of COVID-19. New Haven clergy members hosted a meeting Thursday to brainstorm about ways to improve the city’s back to school plan.

School leaders highlighted three plans this week for bringing students back to school: one would be fully operational and in-person learning, another would be a hybrid mix of in-person and online, and the third would shut down schools and move learning completely online.

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Clergy leaders Thursday said school buildings are not ready to reopen.

“We do want our kids to go to school, but under these conditions, we feel it would be more harmful to them going to school while this virus is not under control,” explained Reverend Boise Kimber of First Calvary Baptist Church in New Haven.

They are concerned about how kids will be distanced on the bus, in class, and at lunch. They also want to hear how buildings will be cleaned and disinfected.

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