Return to School: 2020
Latest from the State of Connecticut
- Please note there is a CT Travel Advisory in effect as of June 24, 2020
- For the latest COVID-19 Information from the state of CT, please see https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus
- The CSDE released the CT Reopening Schools Plan (Adapt, Advance, Achieve, Connecticut’s Plan to Learn and Grow Together) which provides guidelines and requirements related to Connecticut’s state-wide approach to the in-person return to school for the 2020-2021 school year. Click here for the full list of addendums.
- The CSDE released Interim Guidance for Decision-Making Regarding the Use of In-Person, Hybrid (Blended), or Remote Learning Models.
- The CSDE released Interim Guidance for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios in Connecticut School Districts
- The CSDE released the CT School Learning Model Indicators Portal to school districts. To view a webinar explaining how the data is used and factors for decision making, please click here.
- Department of Public Health and the Department of Economic & Community Development regarding Updated Comprehensive Sports Guidance, Recommendations and Sector Rules for the Winter Season
Latest Updates from Farmington Public Schools
Learning Model Decisions-Making (In-Person, Hybrid, Fully Remote):
Over the time we have been in school this school year, DPH has learned a great deal about how COVID-19 spreads within Connecticut towns and cities. One of the most significant lessons learned by our health experts is that schools are not currently a place of sustained person-to-person transmission or outbreaks especially when all mitigation practices are implemented to the greatest extent possible. We have also been informed that keeping schools open limits the unstructured social gatherings that are occurring when schools are not in session. Since the start of school, we have met multiple times each week with DPH and the FVHD to review current practices as well as positive cases within our schools and community as well as community case rates. The FVHD also shares their analysis (“the context”--see bulleted items above) of the positive cases as well as other factors that may impact schools. Given all of this information, the FVHD recommends what learning model should be implemented given their holistic analysis of local health data information both within and outside of schools. Given current analysis of Farmington’s health data, the FVHD recommends we remain in our current learning models for K-8 (In-Person) and 9-12 (Hybrid) at this time. If that changes for any reason, you will be informed immediately. Please remember, changes to our learning models may occur at any moment in consultation with the FVHD. So, please be prepared. In all instances, the health and safety of all members of our school district community remains our first priority and we view all decision-making through that lens.
Our Return to School planning structure is closely aligned to the CT Reopening Schools Plan and we will adhere to the requirements within the state-wide planning document as we prepare for the coming year. Guiding principles for all local planning include a focus on:
- The health and safety of all members of our school district;
- Social emotional well-being of all members of our school district; and
- A strong focus on equity as well as academic excellence for all students.
If you have questions about COVID-19, please call 211. If you have symptoms, please contact your health provider.
If your child or any family members have a fever or symptoms of COVID-19: Immediately call your physician for guidance. Please see the guidance related to supporting your child physically and emotionally.