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Education Dept. Hears New Haven's Pitch to Begin School Remotely


State officials plan to hold further meetings with New Haven Public Schools as they determine how to start the school year and address the school district's concerns, resources and what the state can do to help support the city as it gets ready to return to school.

The district submitted a plan to the Connecticut Department of Education, which calls for 10 weeks of remote learning to start the school year.

The Board of Education voted for the plan earlier this month after Superintendent Dr. Iline Tracey suggested an initial plan to begin with a hybrid model. That plan would have included a mix of in-person learning and remote-learning for students in the district.

The Department of Education heard from Dr. Tracey, as well as other local officials during a meeting held virtually as they stated their concerns and raised questions, including how to provide appropriate protective equipment for teachers, students and staff.

Miguel Cardona, the commissioner of the Department of Education, told local officials that protective equipment would be funded.

New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker also took part in the call proposed a small group gather to address and resolve any lingering issues and bring students back in a cautious way.

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