This weekly segment by Democrats for Education Reform CT usually looks at the top education stories Democrats are watching, providing bite-sized analysis and links to recent articles. During this period in which the latest news is primarily focused on COVID-19, our “Social Distance Edition(s)” will look at the manner in which the public health crisis is impacting public education.
Schools Are Out in CT
On Monday, Governor Lamont issued Executive Order 7C, which closes all public schools until at least March 31st, 2020. Among other important directives, the Order also allows the Commissioner of Education to waive course requirements in order to provide flexibility for students graduating high school and educator preparation programs. Across the country, teachers have been leaning on education technology to reach students remotely. Some students will have limited access to internet and devices, and younger students will need parent supervision to stay on task (while parents contend with balancing their own work responsibilities remotely). Meanwhile, Connecticut is also doing its best to provide solutions for students eligible for Free and Reduced Price meals in school. This past Thursday, for instance, the Bridgeport Public Schools began providing meal services at 20 locations. Then, with his Sunday ordering of statewide school closures, Governor Lamont assured families that eligible students would continue to receive breakfast/lunch throughout the duration of these cancellations, just as they do over summer break.