Weston Schools are closed until further notice. Wilton public schools are also closed “until further notice” due to coronavirus concerns.
The Wilton school district released a statement that after being notified that parents of one or more Wilton Public School students have had direct contact with a potentially presumptive positive COVID-19 patient. As a result of that contact, Wilton Public Schools are closed until further notice. All sports and other activities involving Wilton public school students are suspended until further notice.
Bethel School Superintendent Christine Carver said in a letter to parents that the probability of school closures as a precaution to prevent the spread of coronavirus is likely. She is asking that families be prepared in case such an event occurs. Parent/Teacher Conferences may be able to be held via phone or digital communication.
Carver says Connecticut state law and recent legal guidance has impacted the ability to provide “distance learning.” In order to receive a waiver for distance learning, the State is requiring that school districts certify that all students have equity in their instruction. Carver says some families do not have access to the internet, so the district cannot certify that all instruction is equitable. Districts also have to certify that all students have access to their specialized programming written in their IEPs and 504 plans. The Bethel School district would have to accept all legal risk if there were any challenges to providing special education access and/or access to equitable instruction. Given all of these constraints, Bethel will not be in a position to ask for a waiver for distance learning, therefore will have to make up days like they would for snow closures.
The NJROTC is looking for a date to reschedule the military ball, near the end of the school year. Bethel High School and Johnson Spring Musicals will be moved to June.