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Danbury asks state to approve hybrid school reopening

Although the State and Danbury Public School District goal is have a return to full in person learning this fall, Danbury petitioned to start with a modified scheduled due to space restrictions and safety concerns.  The draft plan calls for students split into two groups, with half in the classroom Mondays and Tuesdays, a deep clean on Wednesdays, and then the other half in classrooms on Thursdays and Fridays. 

When students are not in school buildings, they are working at home with materials provided from the teacher and school.  Special Education and bilingual students could have in person learning up to four days per week. 

Students with health concerns, illness, or a quarantine order will participate in a Remote Learning Parallel Track.  Superintendent Dr Sal Pascarella says this aids in a return to school at the appropriate point after illness, quarantine, or when families decide to re-enter.  If parents choice is remote learning, the District recommends that a child remain  in that model for the duration of the semester. 

Homeschooling has always been an option for families, but that means they are formally withdrawing from the Danbury Public Schools and the parent chooses all instructional materials and is solely responsible for student learning.

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