Many of you have asked how to contact Governor Ned Lamont and Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona to express your concerns about school reopening.
The primary consideration to any school reopening plan must be the safety, health, and well being of students, educators, staff, and their families. The state must revise school reopening plans to protect our school communities, especially in light of new reports confirming that children can readily transmit COVID-19 and may be drivers of the pandemic. Remote learning is still the safest option.
Any return to the classroom requires additional precautions, including strict 6 ft social distancing and access to COVID-19 testing as well as accommodations for at-risk students, educators, and staff, that are not currently included in the state plan.
Failure to strengthen these protections risks creating COVID-19 hotspots, as we see happening in other states. If we do not reopen schools the right way—which means the safe, equitable way—we will reverse the progress Connecticut has made. We must do better for Connecticut’s children, educators, and their families.
CLICK HERE to send an email to the governor and commissioner, and share your concerns about school reopening.