Meriden Public Schools Reopening Plan
View Dr. Benigni's interview with Meriden health officials about school reopening.
Meriden Public Schools Reopening Plan - July 24, 2020 - The Connecticut State Department of Education issued fall 2020 Reopening Guidance that had all students and staff back in school for in-person learning. This decision for in-person instruction was to occur as long as public health data supported this model. The MPS plan addressed the state’s requirements and laid out our plan for a successful fall 2020 reopening. Dr. Benigni discussed highlights of the plan below, however the state has provided greater flexibility to districts so please review updated plans.
The state required all school districts to submit a Reopening Plan by July 24, 2020 that had all students returning to school for full-time instruction in the fall, and allowed for students and parents to choose not to participate based upon individual considerations. These families were offered a distance learning option. The guidelines of the plan prioritized the gathering of information from families so that we can properly prepare for resuming classes in the fall. Our Back-to-School Survey due on August 12, 2020 is the data we will use to create student cohorts for opening day.
Please feel free to review the Meriden Public Schools Reopening Plan. You may also choose to review the Connecticut State Department of Education document, Adapt, Advance, Achieve: Connecticut’s Plan to Learn and Grow Together.
Families who choose distance learning will be provided additional information in the coming weeks.
We know this is a difficult decision for you and want to be sure you have the information needed to make the best decision for your child and your family. As we all know, this is a very fluid situation and health data will continue to guide our efforts.
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After you review the documents, if you have additional questions, please feel free to reach out to:
Director of School Leadership, Elementary - Daniel Crispino
Director of School Leadership, Secondary - Susan Perrone
COVID-19Liaison Health and Safety Compliance Liaison: Michael Grove, Assistant Superintendent for Technology and Operations.
Thank you again for choosing the Meriden Public Schools for your child.
Meriden Public School Building Safety Measures
Health and Safety Strategies
The Meriden Public Schools will continue to follow the guidance provided by the Connecticut Department of Public Health and the Meriden Health Department to provide a safe return to in-person learning.
The following mitigation strategies are currently being implemented in Meriden Public School:
1. Anyone entering a school building is required to wear a mask.
2. Desks are spaced a minimum of 3 feet apart. Elementary and middle school students are
cohorted by class.
3. Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the school. Hand sanitizer is available in
classrooms that do not have sinks. Respiratory etiquette signs are posted in classrooms and
4. Additional staff has been hired to clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces throughout the school
day. Outside airflow into the buildings and classrooms has been increased. All HVAC systems
have been reinspected.
5. Contract tracing of positive COVID-19 cases is done in collaboration with the school nurses, the
Meriden Health Department, and school administration. The district dashboard shares positive
cases and quarantines with the public.
6. Students and staff with symptoms are required to show proof of a negative test to return to
7. Vaccine clinics have been provided to students and staff through the Meriden Health Department
at Maloney High School and Senior Center.
8. Our health department and pupil personnel staff work together to provide all appropriate
accommodations for children with disabilities.