Dr. Susie Da Silva, RPS Superintendent of Schools announced today that beginning Monday, February 1st elementary school students will return to the full in person learning model. She also announced that the District has purchased face shields for K-8 students.
Da Silva said, "We believe we can take this step next week due to three weeks in a row of falling Ridgefield community prevalence rates of COVID-19."
Da Silva explained that the District has added an extra layer in COVID mitigation efforts by investing in face shields for all students K-8. "These face shields will be used at lunch time when students have their masks off. We recently piloted the use of the shields with students at lunch and they were able to use them appropriately," she said.
Over 3,000 shields are on order and expected in the next week. "Separately, in order to move back to full in-person for our elementary students, it is imperative that we partner with families to keep children home when they show any symptoms related to COVID-19. Many families are being proactive and keeping children home when any member of the household develops a symptom. We encourage this practice," Da Silva explains.
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Da Silva said that The Connecticut Department of Public Health has informed school districts to be prepared for the possibility of full remote learning in March due to the potential of a more infectious variant of the virus becoming prevalent in Connecticut.
"It is important to remember that a full return for our elementary schools may still result in remote learning for specific classrooms or school(s) due to in-school exposures," she said.