Dear Bridgeport Public Schools Parents, Guardians, and Staff,
I would like to take an opportunity to update you on our district’s learning model as we continue to move through the school year. Our high schools have been operating on a hybrid model since September. At this point in time, there in person daily attendance is extremely low. Therefore, beginning next week, all high school students, who wish to attend in-person 4 days a week, will be able to do so provided that their classes do not exceed 15 students. Please check with your building administrator if your child is able to attend 4 days a week. We believe we can safely take this step given the low number of in person students and the COVID-19 infection rate in the Bridgeport community.
I would like to remind all parents that attendance is not optional if you have chosen in person learning. Students who are not attending in person classes regularly may be placed on remote learning after parents have received proper notification. There are many students wanting to attend more in person classes at our elementary schools who are being denied because of students who only come on occasion.
Additionally, 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 symptoms. We encourage this practice for all families. I am well aware of the challenges that this may present for many of you, however, it is a crucial measure if we wish to return to in person teaching and learning.
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. We will continue to work closely with all state and local health officials to stay in front of the curve. The health and safety of our students, staff and community is always our primary objective when making all decisions.
It is important to remember that there is always a possibility for the transition to remote learning for specific classrooms or school(s) due to in-school exposures.
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we navigate these complex times together.
Michael J. Testani
Superintendent of Schools