COVID-19: CT School District Announces Delayed Start Time

A Fairfield County school district has announced a change to the start time for the first day of school in the new calendar year amid an increase in cases as the highly contagious COVID-19 Omicron strain becomes more prevalent.

Darien Public Schools Superintendent Alan Addley announced a two-hour delayed opening time on Monday, January 3 to provide teachers with the ability to prepare for distance and in-person learning for their students “given the number expected but undetermined number of students to quarantine. “

On Friday, December 31, Westport Schools Superintendent Thomas Scarice said the district would extend winter vacation by one day for all students and Monday would not be a school day for students. All faculty and staff will report on Monday.

“This will allow the district to work collaboratively to develop a range of responses to the changing conditions over the coming weeks,” said Westport Scarice.

Last week, a pediatrician expert in disease and vaccine development sounded the alarm bells about schools’ ability to resume in-person learning at the height of the new wave of the COVID-19 pandemic triggered by a wave of cases of the high contagious variant of Omicron.

“Here’s the problem,” Hotez said in an interview on MSNBC. “We’re sort of putting out old information about what it was for the previous variants, the previous bloodlines.

“Omicron is a different animal. Omicron is so highly transmissible at a level of transmissibility potentially close to the level of measles, which is the most transmissible viral agent known to us.”

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