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Danbury Public Schools Hybrid Model: Two Days In Person, Three Days Online - Parents Can Opt for Distance Learning or Homeschooling

On July 27, 2020, Gov. Ned Lamont and Connecticut Commissioner of Education Miguel Cardona announced that school districts will have “flexibility” in determining which model to implement this fall. For the safety and the health of Danbury Public School students, we have finalized our plan to open school with in-person instruction using the Hybrid model.

The first day of school has been moved to Tuesday, September 1 for teacher training. Therefore, it is important that families finalize their selection by Aug. 9, 2020 for the upcoming school year based on the three state-mandated options:

Hybrid Model: two days in person at school, three days online learning at home. Assigned cohorts will either be attending Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday, based on transportation routes and in an effort to keep families from the same household together.

Distance Learning: five days online learning at home with both teacher directed and independent opportunities

Homeschooling: students formally withdraw from DPS and parents assume full responsibility for learning. Those choosing this option must contact Kevin Walston, Assistant Superintendent at (203) 797-4723 for formal withdrawal. (Please complete the Revised School Program Selection by August 9th.)

We understand conditions in the community or within families may change and that could impact your initial choice. Because of this uncertainty, you will have the ability to make changes after your submission.

To help with your family's decision, please see the following schedules:

Danbury High School 7:05 am - 12:30 pm

Reach 7:15 am - 12:15 pm

ACE 7:20 am - 12:10 pm

Middle Schools 7:35 am - 1:00 pm Endeavor 7:45 am - 12:45 pm

Early Elementary 8:05 am - 2:00 pm

Late Elementary 8:35 am - 2:30 pm

Early Preschool (M-Th) 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Late Preschool (M-Th) 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

All of us at Danbury Public Schools recognize the hardships and frustrations that this pandemic has caused all of our students and student families. Decisions that we make are made with our students’ best interests in mind with a focus on safety and security. I know you have received a lot of information from all corners; we thank you for your support, understanding and cooperation. This has not been an easy situation for any of us, but we will continue to listen, to make changes when appropriate, and to do what’s right for the students and our schools.

For additional information, visit Danbury Public Schools online here.

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