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Schools should err on side of caution

A self-proclaimed "fan" of "packing" the nation's churches on Easter Sunday in the middle of a national health crisis, President Trump is now fixated on a new, equally deranged objective of reopening the public schools of America forthwith.

Both Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos appear all too willing to jettison social distancing − one of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's primary guardrails for protecting students and staff from infection − in order to achieve that objective.

Simply put, the vast majority of schools cannot simply revert back to a five day, on-site educational experience while practicing social distancing protocols because there is simply not enough space to do so. As long as that, and other equally important CDC guidelines remain relevant, it behooves Connecticut state and local officials to adhere to those guidelines, just as they have been doing from the outset of COVID-19. Doing so is the one and only defensible way to arrive at informed decisions regarding the re-opening of the state's schools. As in all matters related to public education, there is an affirmative duty to err on the side of caution and safety. Accepting any other standard constitutes public malpractice.

Jack Welch

Ledyard 

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