The West Hartford School District announced Friday that it expects 100% of students to return to class full-time this fall.
School officials said as more people were vaccinated, the school district was planning to relax many of the mitigation strategies it put in place this year.
“Our children don’t just need our teachers and our buildings, they need each other,” Superintendent Tom Moore said in a statement.
Moore said the biggest factor in getting back to normal will be the state’s vaccination rate. He urges everyone to get vaccinated and, if possible, to make sure their children are also vaccinated.
“If you have not yet been vaccinated, or if you have eligible children who have not been vaccinated, we urge you to participate in this miracle of science and education which has already proven to be extremely effective. to stop this pandemic. It doesn’t just protect us, it protects those who might be immunocompromised for some other reason and who can’t get the vaccine themselves, ”Moore said.
The superintendent said the school district will not operate on the block schedule in high schools in the fall. He said the block schedule is a layer of mitigation that is no longer needed, so high schools will return to their traditional schedules.
“I have every reason to believe that things will continue to improve as more and more people are vaccinated, including our young students, as vaccines become available to them,” said Moore.
School officials said the masks would still be needed for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year, as the governor’s decree still required them.
Many COVID-19 restrictions were lifted on Wednesday and there has been a range of reactions to the changes.