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Waterbury Schools move to full-day instruction on March 15

All students, in-person and remote, will follow the same daily start and end times for their schools.

WATERBURY, Conn. — Students and teachers in the Brass City are set to return to classroom for full-day instruction on Monday.

City officials announced the transition in collaboration with Mayor Neil O'Leary, the city's health department, and the Board of Education. 

The full-day schedule will be followed by both in-person and remote students and the superintendent says their hope is to operate on a full day schedule for the rest of the year.

“We anticipate that today that we’re still at about 30 percent in person and 70 percent that are still choosing right now for virtual,” said Waterbury Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Verna Ruffin. “I would expect that there’s going to be a comfort level, especially since now so many of our staff have been vaccinated and I believe that over time as the weather becomes prettier and there’s more outdoor activities with the safety protocols.”

How it'll work:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday - Full day schedule
  • Wednesday remains half-day with students learning remotely in the afternoon. 

It is a big step for the district and officials say one that comes with some challenges, as they work to keep students safe.

“I was kind of nervous about it, but I think it’s going to be a little better because a lot of kids are coming back,” said Avyana Torres, a student at Waterbury Arts Magnet School.

“I just got like used to four days and also with the masks like we’re exerting a lot more energy than normally so I feel like it’s going to be a lot harder,” said Janelle Escalante, a student at Waterbury Arts Magnet School.

Students learning in-person will continue to follow the appropriate mitigation strategies, such as hand washing, physical distancing and mask protocols. 

The Food Service Department will continue to prepare and distribute meals to students learning remotely.

This all comes as educators continue to get vaccinated at clinics across the state.

Eligible school staff from Southington got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at a Hartford Health Care clinic.

Southington Public Schools superintendent announced the district's plan is to proactively close schools Monday just in case many experience side-effects from the single dose shot and have to call out.

RELATED: CT COVID-19 Updates: Southington schools closed Monday after teachers receive vaccine

The day will be made up in June.

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