Waterbury Public Schools transitions to full virtual learning through MLK Day


WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — If you head to the official Waterbury Public Schools website, you may notice an alert message pop-up on your screen.

According to the Waterbury Public Schools website, all students will transition to virtual learning on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

“… I have made the decision to transition ALL students to virtual learning effective tomorrow, Tuesday, November 17, through Monday, January 18. ALL students will follow their same daily start and end times and will be in session Monday through Friday,” writes Verna D. Ruffin, Superintendent.

Superintendent Ruffin said in a press conference Monday night, the city and the district is seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases in communities that affects the school system.

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“When people are becoming more and more social in their lives out of school it affects those in the school,” the superintendent said.

She went on to say, “What we saw increasing over the weekend, especially on Sunday, was just – what I would call – a very high rise in COVID cases reported Sunday. We continued to monitor that because not only were there COVID-positive cases reported and we saw a rise there, but we also saw the influence that an individual could have had on multiple people, that became increasingly complex.”

Officials plan to resume the hybrid learning model starting Tuesday, Jan. 19, the day following the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.

Students will be able to retrieve their belongings from their school building between Nov. 18 through Nov. 24.

On Nov. 17, the Food Service Department will provide “grab and go” breakfast and lunch at all school sites from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The following school sites will continue to offer an afternoon pick-up (1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.) through Nov. 24:

  • Carrington Elementary School: 24 Kenmore Ave.
  • Chase Elementary School: 40 Woodtick Rd.
  • Crosby High School: 300 Pierpont Rd.
  • Driggs Elementary School: 77 Woodlawn Ter.
  • Gilmartin Elementary School: 94 Spring Lake Rd.
  • Kennedy High School: 422 Highland Ave.
  • Reed Elementary School: 33 Griggs St.
  • Waterbury Arts Magnet School: 16 South Elm St.
  • Waterbury Career Academy: 175 Birch St.
  • Wilby High School: 568 Bucks Hill Rd.

More information can be read here.

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