Stratford Schools Will Be Remote For Most Of January Due To Virus

Anna Bybee-Schier

STRATFORD, CT — Stratford students will begin 2021 with about two weeks of remote learning, the school district announced Tuesday.

Classes will resume Jan. 4 after the holiday break as scheduled, but will be conducted online only until Jan. 19, when most students will return to a hybrid schedule, except kindergarteners and first-graders, who will be in the classroom four days per week.

“We will continue to watch and monitor the COVID-19 statistics to see if there is indeed a spike or surge in the coronavirus numbers due to holiday gatherings, etc.,” Superintendent Janet Robinson said in a message to parents and staff.

The move comes after Stratford and Bunnell high schools both pivoted to distance learning last week. On Monday, Wilcoxson and Lordship elementary schools also made the switch to online-only learning.

Robinson made a similar decision to go remote before Thanksgiving, with students returning to school buildings in early December. Robinson’s November decision came during a week that saw Stratford teachers protesting safety conditions and school board members expressing concern about virus spread during the holiday season.

District-wide as of Tuesday afternoon, 27 students and seven staff members were in isolation with the virus, and 284 students and staffers were quarantined, according to the district dashboard, which reflects the most current available numbers.

This article originally appeared on the Stratford Patch