NEW CANAAN, CT — New Canaan Public Schools returned to in-person and hybrid learning on Monday, with younger students in school, and high schoolers alternating in-person education, as the district and town continues to grapple with the coronavirus.
Students in grades PK-8 are back in school, a week after school resumed following the Christmas break.
At New Canaan High School, students are on the "50/50 hybrid" model, where the student body alternates with half of the students in school while the other half is under remote learning.
"This decision is being driven by the increasing number of positive cases among high school students since the holidays (see Charting our Course)," wrote Schools Superintendent Dr. Bryan Luizzi in a statement. "Remaining in a traditional hybrid at NCHS for the short-term reduces population density, which strengthens the mitigation strategies, reduces the likelihood of close-contact with a positive case, decreases the number of quarantines required when there is a positive case, and, ultimately, minimizes the likelihood of spread in school."
Between Jan. 3 and 9, New Canaan reported 89 positive cases of the coronavirus and one death, according to town officials.
"There have been only a handful of seniors included in this past week's positive case list, and I am sorry to report that we have had our first death of a New Canaan resident with COVID-19 since last August with the passing last week of a 79-year-old resident living at home," said New Canaan First Selectman Kevin Moynihan in a recent message to residents. "We send our condolences and prayers to the family."