By Jarret Liotta
Citing health risks and the extensive rules that would be required to mitigate them, the Westport Public Schools will not be holding summer school in person this year.
“Given the potential health risks to students and staff, and complex state regulations, which would significantly alter programming even if they could be adhered to, we have come to the conclusion that it would be untenable for the WPS to offer in-person summer programs, ” Superintendent of School David Abbey said in an email to parents tonight.
As the decision impacts camps, Extended School Year (ESY) special education services, and Continuing Education, the district intends to provide a lot of programs online, including all the high school courses that are being offered for credit.
“During the next few weeks we will be doing everything we can to design and strengthen our summer programs,” Abbey said.
Before making the decision, he said, his team held discussions with various town officials, including the directors of both the Parks and Recreation Department, and the Westport-Weston Health District.
“We are very disappointed to be in this position and understand how disappointed some parents and students might be as well,” he said.
Abbey encouraged parents to contact their respective school assistant principals for special education if they have questions regarding ESY, and Lynda Codeghini, preschool director, if there were questions related to Stepping Stones.
For up-to-date details on Continuing Education, people should consult the website at WestportContinuingEd.com.