Woodland School students to return in person

SOUTHWICK – Woodland Elementary School students will return to school in person Jan. 19.

Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional Schools Superintendent Jennifer Willard emailed district families Friday announcing the decision after meeting with the District Safety Committee Thursday night.

The group reviewed the COVID-19 metrics in the community and “after thorough review of the data, it has been determined that, we are able to bring all Woodland School students, preK-2, back to in-person learning on January 19, 2021,” wrote Willard.

Willard reminded families that if there is even one positive case of a student or staff member within the in-person population they will revert back to full-remote learning again.

“If any cases are reported today or over the weekend that result in the closure, we will notify families immediately,” Willard stated on Friday. “We understand that this is not ideal for planning purposes but we are working to provide as much in-person learning as possible for students during this COVID-19 pandemic.”

A small group of students in substantially specialized programs returned to school in person this past week and will continue in person next week. All students in grades 3-12 will continue to participate in full-remote learning at least through Jan. 22.

Decisions on the return to school will be made weekly.
“We hope to provide the best opportunity to bring students back to in-person learning at the earliest possible date while prioritizing the health and safety of our staff and students,” Willard wrote. “On Friday, January 22, 2021, we will notify families of the status of in-person/hybrid learning for the upcoming week.”


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