NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — New Haven middle school students will have the option to attend some in-person classes starting March 4.
While pre-K through fifth grade has had the option of in-person learning since Jan. 19, all other New Haven Public School students have been doing remote learning since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Superintendent of New Haven Public Schools said that students in sixth through eighth grade will be using the hybrid model of learning.
The middle school students would be able to attend in-person classes two days a week. Half of the in-person students would attend on Monday and Tuesday, and the other half would attend on Thursdays and Fridays, with Wednesday being a day for school cleaning and work catch-up.
New Haven’s Director of Public Health Maritza Bond told News 8, there are a lot of factors and a lot of people who have a hand in the decision process.
“We wanted to convene with our CSA Director, our Medical Director, our Epidemiologist, our Clinical
Director, myself. We really are looking at ‘what are the signs telling us? What are some national and
international trends around the different age groups, and the mitigation strategies that need to be in place?'”
She added, “I am elated that I happen to just be in time with Joe Biden’s goal of trying to get sixth through eighth open within 100 days of his term in office. Apparently, I’m also meeting one of his goals and it was unintentional, but a shoutout to President Biden on achieving a goal. At least in the City of New Haven.”
Director Bond said that in order to succeed, we as a community have to continue with safety precautions. She knows that the kids have missed their friends, so impresses upon them to greet each other in a contactless manner.
‘’I know that a lot of the children have missed their friends, but say your hello with your elbows, or get a new way of making sure that you’re greeting each other in a contactless manner.”