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More changes to learning models at Greater Danbury area schools

The New Milford School District is having difficulty maintaining adequate staffing at the middle school for the remainder of this week.  Schaghticoke Middle School moved to remote learning for today and tomorrow.

Interim Superintendent Alisha DiCorpo says she will continue to collaborate with the local health department in order to carefully review data for the schools and town, as well as the available school staffing levels, in order to make an informed decision for next week.  She hopes to be able to return back/remain in the hybrid learning model on Monday.  DiCorpo plans to send a communication out to families over the weekend to allow time to make arrangements.

The Newtown School District will switch to online learning on Monday due to staff quarantines.  Cases at Newtown High School and within the Community Partnerships Program in the Department of Special Education resulted in the quarantining of another 24 adults. The number of educators in Newtown who are self isolating is up to 95. 

Superintendent Lorrie Rodrigue says while there's no evidence of in-school transmission, the decision to transition to full remote learning is driven by the pattern of rapidly increasing community spread. All Newtown students will participate in distance learning from Monday through December 4th.

Bethel Middle School students are moving to distance learning through Thanksgiving break due to staff shortages.  A member of the Bethel middle and high schools tested positive and district officials say exposure was limited to one staff member and a small number of students.  Superintendent Christine Carver says the middle school exposure affected only a cohort, but it has a significant impact due to the nature of the exposure and other staff members that were already on quarantine. 

Bethel plans to return to the hybrid model on November 30th.  Bethel High School will remain on hybrid, which it has been on all academic year.

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