Hamden Board of Ed. Votes to Move All Remote Through January

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The Hamden Board of Education voted unanimously Saturday night to move to remote learning through January.

The Board of Ed. meeting took place over Zoom and all members who participated voted to move to distance learning.

The shift to online learning will take place on Nov. 23 and remain in effect through Jan. 19.

 The move will allow families to quarantine after the holidays, school officials said.

"Our Superintendent and the Hamden Board of Education took the right steps tonight, with no perfect options on the table," Leng said.

"Their action will reduce spread among staff and students - during a time when health experts are universally saying we will face massive spread and extreme challenge if families and friends don’t listen to strong guidance and instead gather together indoors for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, New Year’s and more," he added.

"Their action also allows some time for parents to plan and thoughtfully puts into place alternatives within the school buildings for students that parents need to be in-person, through partnerships and as I confirmed tonight, still with the District’s strict and informed safety protocols," Leng said.

As the holiday season approaches and families gather together, there's a concern that more people may get COVID-19. Hamden's superintendent said the switch would help slow the spread of COVID-19 during those times.

During these next few months, seasonal illness often mirrors COVID-19 symptoms, which will force students and staff to stay home or possibly quarantine.

With COVID-19 cases increasing in Connecticut, school districts are considering switching to all remote learning models.

The district said there has been a number of students and staff who have contracted coronavirus, but all of the cases were contracted outside of the school.

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