Branford Elementary Schools Back to Full In-Person Instruction Monday

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Elementary schools in Branford will return to the classroom full-time starting Monday, according to school officials.

The transition back to the classroom is done in an effort to get the majority of students in the Branford school district back to full in-person learning over the next few weeks.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its guidance for schools on reopening. In elementary schools, the CDC recommends all students remain at least 3 feet apart in classrooms where mask use is universal — regardless of whether community transmission is low, moderate, substantial, or high.

School officials plan to welcome the district's middle school, Francis Walsh Intermediate School, back to full in-person learning the following week on March 29.

Branford High School students will transition to full in-person learning starting April 5, according to the school district's plan.

School officials said they will continue to monitor public health data and its impact on schools to ensure it supports their decision.

"This is an exciting time but one that also comes with some trepidation. Please know we will continue to be driven by public health metrics and guidance as we strive to provide a sustainable and safe learning experience for all students," Superintendent Hamlet Hernandez said in a statement.

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