Danbury school buildings will remain closed until at least after Thanksgiving break. Students will continue distance learning as coronavirus cases in the city rise through the roof. That was the message from Superintendent Sal Pascarella During Tuesday's Board of Education meeting. Medical advisers have said because of the infection rate, and challenges with contact tracing, it's unsafe to return now. Pascarella says the goal is still to open and the situation would be reassessed after Thanksgiving. Director of pupil personnel services Kelly Truchsess says a small number of students with the “most significant” special needs will be permitted to return on the hybrid model after Thanksgiving break. Board member Rachel Chaleski acknowledged that in hindsight, the district could have started the year in school buildings based off what the September and mid-October numbers looked like compared to what they are now.