Students returning to Region 14 schools will be masked, socially distanced

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Students returning to Region 14 schools will be masked, socially distanced

BY HANNA SNYDER GAMBINI REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN

 

WOODBURY, CT  Nonnewaug High School
 

WOODBURY – Students in Region 14 will return to school Tuesday wearing masks, maintaining three feet of social distancing when possible, and other safety and mitigating COVID-19 strategies in place.

In a letter to families in Woodbury and Bethlehem, acting Superintendent Wayne McAllister outlined the latest COVID-19 policies and procedures that he said addresses two major areas – health and safety strategies and continuity of services.

The plan is largely based on state guidance and is similar what many other districts in the area and throughout the state are doing.

All students are expected to return to school for full-time, in-person instruction and there is no option for remote learning this year, McAllister said.

Masks will be required inside all buildings by students, staff, and visitors regardless of vaccination status, and on buses, but are not required outside.

“To the greatest degree possible,” classrooms will be set up with three feet distance between student desks.

These guidelines are subject to change based on state regulations and CDC guidelines, McAllister said.

Students and staff will engage in frequent handwashing and hand sanitizer will be available in all classrooms and office spaces; custodians will clean daily and deep clean when positive cases occur.

Quarantines will follow CDC guidelines that are outlined and updated on the district website, ctreg14.org, along with other school-related information.

The district will continue with contact tracing procedures that were successful during the 2020-2021 school year, the acting superintendent said.

After school activities, athletics and clubs will resume; visitors will not be allowed in classrooms, but can attend school events or meetings via appointment, and PPT/504 meetings will be offered via a remote option.

So far, field trips within Connecticut will be allowed, but are subject to change and out-of-state field trips are on hold for now.

Buses will run with assigned seating and drivers will be masked and have extras on hand for any student who may need one. Buses will be sanitized and areas wiped between and after each bus route and sanitized again at the end of the day.

There will be hot lunch and Grab-n-Go breakfasts options.

More information is available at ctreg14.org as schools reopen next week.

“Please know that the Region 14 staff is prepared to guide our students through, what is likely to be, another challenging school year,” McAllister said.