Officials say Screen and Stay In School keeps kids in class – NBC Connecticut
School officials say a new voluntary program that allows students to stay in class after being exposed to someone who has Covid-19 is working.
“This is great because we are really reducing the number of children in quarantine,” Newington Superintendent Maureen Brummet said.
Brummet says that even without any data, the program seems to work.
âAt the start of the school year, we quarantined the children quite frequently. I have had over 100 cases of Covid in my district alone this year, âshe says.
Some of them are revolutionary cases of staff or students being vaccinated.
âParents always have the cards in hand. If they are worried about their child, they still keep it at home. The screen to stay has the power to empower the family and make decisions, âsaid Connecticut Education Association president Kate Dias.
This is partly why Dias loves the screen and stay program.
She says teachers tell her, âThey’re seeing fewer students coming out of their 40s, so that’s positive. He’s only been in play for a little while.
Governor Ned Lamont announced the program on November 4. The state still does not have data on the number of school districts participating.
âThis piece gives us a sense of security because families watch the kids every day and we feel good about it, but it also gives us that continuity that we really treasure,â Fran Rabinowitz, executive director of the Connecticut Association of Public School. Superintendents, said.
Rabinowitz says the quarantine has an impact on the entire community.
âYou had families who had to take time off work to come home with their children if they were quarantined,â she says.
Families will need to be extra vigilant during the Thanksgiving vacation.
âScreen and Stay only applies to school-based exposure, so if a student on vacation or on vacation is exposed to a parent with Covid, they will still need to be quarantined,â Brummet said.