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New Haven Schools To Reopen For Special Needs Students


The New Haven School Board voted this week to reopen some schools to serve 125 special needs students starting this Monday.

The school board voted last month to offer virtual instruction through the first marking period because officials were concerned about cleaning, supplies and COVID-19 safety.

Now, the board plans to reopen 11 schools, so a select group of special education students can go back to class.

Schedules would be staggered, so some students will only attend two days a week for half days. Only three to five students would be in a classroom at one time.

The 125 students who will attend have autism or other education needs like English language learning. There are more than 3,000 students with special needs in New Haven Public Schools.

Cassandra Basler, a former senior editor at WSHU, came to the station by way of Columbia Journalism School in New York City. When she's not reporting on wealth and poverty, she's writing about food and family.