Wallingford middle schools to expand school day

Wallingford middle schools to expand school day

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WALLINGFORD — Teachers at Moran and Dag Hammarskjold middle schools have voted in favor of changing their schedule to extend the day for students.

The new schedule is slated to start sometime in March. Details about the starting date are still being discussed, Wallingford Education Association president Anne Varrone-Lederle said Friday.

According to a statement from School Superintendent Salvatore Menzo, the new middle school schedule will “mirror what was implemented at the high schools in January.”

“Like the high school schedule, both in-person and virtual students will learn together synchronously,” Menzo said in the statement Thursday. “This modification allows for more instructional time for middle school students.”

The middle schools returned to the original hybrid schedule of distance learning Jan. 19, after both the middle and high school buildings were closed in November and all students put on distance learning.

On the same day, Lyman Hall and Sheehan high schools went to a modified hybrid model. Students are split into two groups, with half the students in the building on a given day. Students in the building learn at the same time as their at-home counterparts.

Day-to-day operations at the elementary schools — both the K-2 and 3-5 buildings — remained the same with full-time in-person learning.

The option remains for voluntary distance learning, as required by the state, if parents want their child to continue learning from home.

Survey due Tuesday

Menzo also said in his statement Thursday that the school district is still communicating with local and state health officials on a shift to full in-person learning at some point over the course of the remainder of the school year.

“As evidenced by the many emails that I have received, returning middle and high school students to school full time is on the minds of everyone,” he said in the statement.

The district sent out a survey to middle and high school families Friday asking if they would send their child to school five days a week when the district moves into full in-person learning.

“We need to know this information to prepare appropriately for a transition over the next two months,” Menzo said. “In doing so, we need to ascertain if any students would transition to voluntary distance learning or vice versa transition back to in-person instruction from voluntary distance learning.”

Surveys need to be completed for each student a family has at each level. The survey closes at 10 a.m. Tuesday. 

“Returning students to school 5 days a week at all levels this year is important for students and staff to be together to close the year and be in that same mindset for the new school year come the fall,” Menzo said.

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