The New Milford Board of Education held a meeting this week and a majority of the public speakers were critical of the fall reopening plan. Some respondents called the plan too vague, others called it dangerous because of the risk of kids bringing home COVID-19 to parents. New Milford residents questioned why schools would be able to reopen at full capacity when restaurants are still at 50-percent and bars are still closed.
A virtual public hearing is scheduled for August 5th.
Local districts must submit reopening plans to the state by tomorrow and then will get more guidance so more details can be added to the plans.
Superintendent Kerry Parker, like other area district leaders, would prefer to start with the hybrid model, but the state wants schools to fully reopen. Under thy hybrid model, half of the students are in the schools on Monday and Tuesday, no one on Wednesday to allow for a thorough cleaning and then the other half of the students in-person on Thursday and Friday. Distance learning would take place the other three days.
The Newstimes reports that 30 percent of families already decided to not have their children return in person.