Safety in Schools for Our Students

Nov 20, 2020

An Update from Commissioner Infante-Green

As you know, the Governor announced this week that the state is giving our school leaders the option of shifting high schools to their limited in-person plan after Thanksgiving for two weeks. We’re keeping pre-k, elementary and middle schools open because our families deserve this learning option. We know that flexibility and adaptability has been the key to our success which is why we felt it was important to further give our district leaders the ability to make that change if it works best for their community.

This means that our high schools can shift to virtual learning for students, with exceptions for certain students with special learning needs, multi-language learners, and others who may need in-person instruction. We recognize that any education program is more difficult under COVID-19, but our CTE programs face particular challenges because many programs prioritize “hands-on learning” that is hard to replicate in a virtual setting. With that in mind, we are updating our guidance to provide more information to schools, and will continue to reach out to districts to support these programs.

We have relied on our superintendents and school leaders to work with their community and make decisions that best serve their students and that means giving them the option of remote learning right now. This is exactly why we had every school district submit detailed plans before the school year started– so we can shift if we needed to and do it quickly.

As we pause as a state, we are doing so with intention and making decisions based on data in order to best keep our schools, teachers and students safe. Thank you for all that you do to keep our kids engaged in educational opportunities during this time.