Hartford’s public schools will back away from full in-person instruction later this month due to a local increase in coronavirus cases, Mayor Luke Bronin and school officials announced Monday.
Beginning Nov. 16, students in pre-kindergarten through ninth grade will shift to a hybrid of online and in-person learning while students in grades 10-12 will be schooled entirely online. Hartford schools opened with students attending in-person classes five days a week.
“Our collective goal from the beginning was to offer full, in-person learning for as long as possible,” Bronin said, in a news release. "Full, in-person learning is crucial to long-term academic as well as social and emotional development, and Hartford Public Schools has done everything they can to offer that for more than two months. I fully support their decision move to hybrid learning in two weeks given where we are with coronavirus transmission, and I ask every Hartford resident to help us get back to a place where we can offer full, in-person learning
Hartford is one of 30 cities and towns in the state that has been deemed to be at “red" alert based on the number of new coronavirus cases in the city. Between Oct. 11-24, there were 367 cases reported in the capital city, an average of 21.4 new cases per day per 100,000 residents.
The state Department of Education has recommended that municipalities seeing more than 10 new cases per day per 100,000 residents consider shifting to a hybrid model of education to reduce density in school buildings. Cities and towns with a rate higher than 25 new cases per day per 100,000 residents should consider moving instruction entirely online.
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