Connecticut Schools Adopt a Variety of Approaches to Reopening

In the last two months, public schools in Waterford, East Lyme, and Stonington have transitioned from hybrid to in-person instruction — the result of vaccine availability, low COVID-19 case numbers, a reduction in social distancing requirements  and, in some cases, an outcry from parents who wanted to see a return to normal schooling.  These districts are not alone.  As of April 9, 72 percent of the school districts across Connecticut were operating in full in-person models, 25.4 percent were operating in hybrid and 2.5 percent were operating fully remotely, according to the state Department of Education. By comparison, in August

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House Approves Bill With Aid for Commuters, Families on Public Assistance and Tax-Exempt Properties

HARTFORD — On Wednesday, the State House passed Senate Bill 873, three-part legislation to give tax credits to former commuters, remove liens from the property of recipients of public assistance and to modify the state’s PILOT program for reimbursing towns for tax-exempt property. The bill passed with a vote of 125-24 with one member abstaining.  This vote came despite assurances that each part of the bill would receive a separate vote.  A number of legislators expressed concerns about the combination of three apparently disparate issues into one bill. “All of [the items] deserve our attention. But are they critical to

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Report Cautions Health Officials to Balance Safety from COVID with Isolation and Care Concerns for Nursing Home Residents

All policies have consequences was the theme of the final report conducted by Mathematica to review and analyze nursing home policies and practices during the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic.  “This report gave us an evidence base to support the concerns that the policies came at a cost of the physical and emotional wellbeing of those who live in facilities,” said Patricia Rowan, project director and health services researcher at Mathematica in a presentation to legislators on Monday afternoon.  In other words, even if a policy is formulated with the best of intentions, and necessary to prevent one

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