State education officials say their information shows local students aren’t catching COVID-19 in schools; that’s part of their plea to parents urging them to allow their kids to return to the classroom amid the pandemic.
While the state experiences an uptick in cases, Connecticut’s Department of Education reports that less than one percent of the K-12 student body has tested positive for COVID-19 since many students went back to in-person learning for the fall.
“The evidence so far suggests that the cases that schools are reporting to us may really be originating from activities that happen outside of school rather than transmission within the school, so we’re really not hearing from [the state Dept. of Public Health] that transmission is happening in our schools,” said Ajit Gopalakrishnan, CSDE’s chief performance officer.
Reporting as of October 7 shows that since schools began hosting students on August 27, 421 students – along