New Haven Schools Plan To Stick With Distance Learning For Now

Aug 19, 2020

Public schools in New Haven, Connecticut plan to resume only online through at least November, even though the state Department of Education found 70% of New Haven students did not keep up with virtual class last spring.

Dr. Tamiko Jackson McArthur, who serves on the New Haven School Board, is also a pediatrician. She said most of her doctor colleagues agree the coronavirus infection rate in Connecticut is low enough to resume school. She still voted no.

“I did not vote that I don’t want to be in the school," Jackson McArthur said. "My vote was around readiness and I don’t feel that we’re ready. I have a lot of questions that I’ve asked that have not been clearly answered.”

Jackson McArthur said nobody can tell her what a safe classroom would look like. She said even under normal circumstances, some schools lacked paper towels or soap.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont pushed for schools to reopen, but also announced a partnership to provide internet and computer access to students. He expected it to be running this fall.