April 30, 2021 Update

April 30, 2021 Update
Posted on 04/30/2021

Happy May EGPS Staff and Families!

Update from the Farmington Valley Health District (FVHD):

For the last three weeks, new cases have been stable at approximately 100 cases per week. Individuals 29 years of age and younger comprise 60% of all new cases while the number of new cases in the older age groups continue to decline. Household transmission, travel and small gatherings continue to be the primary routes of exposure. Positivity rates across the state are low. In the ten towns of the Farmington Valley, we are averaging approximately 10,000 tests a week. This has been pretty consistent over the past few months. Our highest number of tests was 12,000 per week during the month of January.

Over the past 4 months, The FVHD held 66 clinics and administered nearly 18,000 doses of vaccine. Like much of the state, we are seeing a significant decline in demand. Some of this is related to vaccine hesitancy and some of it is related to increased access across a variety of providers. To that end, FVHD will be scaling back its community based clinics and focusing on our hard to reach populations, including the homebound. We will assess our role in vaccination of younger children as they become eligible. Attached to this email is a listing of vaccine locations.

Update on Remote Learning for the ‘21-’22 school year:

As we have learned and lived, the situation and corresponding guidance around COVID-19 constantly shifts. Therefore, the new guidance issued on 4/27/2021 from the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) regarding remote learning could change. The decision to publish this current guidance is critical for school districts to plan for the ‘21-’22 school year.

The requirement that school districts provide temporary remote learning opportunities will no longer be in place after this school year. The document states, “There is no current requirement under Connecticut or federal law that after the period of emergency this school year, school districts are mandated to provide all students voluntary daily access to remote learning at the unilateral request of the student/family. At this time, DPH and CSDE do not anticipate the need to mandate, due to public health necessity, that all school districts provide an option for students and their families to opt-in to a voluntary remote option after this school year.” (CSDE April 27, 2021)

East Granby Public Schools will be looking forward to welcoming all of our students back for in-person learning for the ‘21-’22 school year!

Enjoy the weekend!

Missy Bavaro-Grande

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