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May 6: Schools to Remain Closed

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Governor’s News:

Classes at K-12 Public Schools Will Remain Canceled for the Rest of the Academic Year

After two extensions of these orders, they are being extended to the end of the Academic Year.

Distribution of Donated Laptops and Scholastic Books

The State Department of Education and the Governor’s Learn from Home Task Force have been continuing to coordinate the distribution of remote learning resources that have been donated to Connecticut, including 60,000 Dell laptops from the Partnership for Connecticut, and more than 185,000 high-quality Scholastic book packs for prekindergarten to eighth grade students from the Nooyi family. Due to global supply chain shortages during the pandemic, the laptops and book packs are arriving to Connecticut in staggered waves. See the May 5 Press Release for full details.

Connecticut schools have served four million meals under emergency meals programs

Throughout the emergency, Connecticut’s public schools have served more than four million meals to students under the emergency meals programs. A total of 130 school districts are currently serving meals at 458 locations statewide. In accordance with federal requirements, the state is operating two emergency meals programs. See the May 5 Press Release for full details.

Governor’s May 5, Press Conference:

Hospitalizations popped a little after eight day down trend. Infection rate among positive cases pretty low.

It’s highly infectious, and we need to be cautious going forward. Still targeting May 20 for a calendar as to how we will move forward.

We had a protest. We get that, but you need to get that your stupidity does not allow you to put others at risk.

Traditional classroom education closed for year, but will be continuing at a distance.

Scholastic has donated tens of thousands of books. Our teachers are stepping up. And most kids are taking to this.

Commissioner Cardona reminds you schooling continues, though it’s going to look different. Guidance on summer schools will come later this month.

Beth Bye, Commissioner, Office of Early Childhood. Child Care does continue. Camps will start opening June 29th. Added protective measures being put in place.

Unlikely to have any in-person graduations.

Data as of May 5:

Bridgeport cases: 2156

Bridgeport case rate: 1488/100,000, or one out of every 67 people in Bridgeport.

Bridgeport deaths: 104

Connecticut cases: 30,621

Connecticut deaths: 2633

Connecticut Volunteer Opportunities: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Information-For/Volunteers

Connecticut Mental Health Resources: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Pages/Public-Health-Resources/Mental-Health-Resources

Mayor Ganim’s Facebook Page

Bridgeport Corona Virus Updates: https://www.bridgeportct.gov/coronaclosings

CDC guidelines on How to Protect Yourself and Others.

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