With the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) considering shutting down several public schools in the state this week, students have begun the arduous task of finding alternatives.
The CTIA-Masters program is one of the few that remains open, but the closure of the state’s largest public school system has prompted many parents to call for the closure or even to leave.
“We have kids that are at the point where they are being ostracized and are feeling as if they have to stay in a classroom for weeks and weeks at a time,” said Maryanne Gavigan, who has a daughter in the Connecticut program.
“They are not going to school.”
With the state looking to close down its largest public schools, students are now facing the prospect of staying home from school.
But for those who have opted to stay home, there are options for students who cannot attend classes.
“I think it’s the right thing to do.
I think it is a matter of the public’s safety and security,” said Jessica Pineda, a teacher at St. George’s Catholic High School.
“I feel that if we’re going to keep our kids safe, we need to be able to keep them there and not to have them out on the street or on the sidewalk.”
A spokeswoman for CDOT said the agency was considering a number of options for schools that were not being used to accommodate students and that the agency would provide updates to parents as soon as possible.
However, she did not say if the agency had reached a decision on whether to close schools.”CDOT has made several efforts to keep students and staff at the schools and has had conversations with a number different stakeholders, including school districts, the CTIAMasters Program, and the State Board of Education,” CDOT spokesperson Megan McBride said in a statement.
“We are in the process of addressing a number issues that affect our schools and the people who live and work there.”
McBride added that the department is considering the potential closure of several school districts in the Hartford area and would continue to make updates as the situation develops.
She also said that CDOT is working with the CTIEs school district to make sure the schools remain open for students to participate in extracurricular activities, but would not provide more details.
“There is a lot of uncertainty and uncertainty surrounding the closures.
We are making decisions as we go,” McBride told ABC News.
In addition to closing the CTIIA schools, CDOT has also closed the Central Middle School, a magnet school in Hartford, and St. Anthony Catholic High school in Connecticut City, as well as the Connecticut State University.
“As a result of the closure, CTIA is unable to enroll the students in their classrooms,” CDOP spokeswoman Jessica Pressedo said in an email.
“CTIAMAST is also unable to meet the needs of its students in the CTIs central and middle schools.”
Pressedo also said CDOT plans to close the Connecticut School for the Blind, a facility that provides free eye care to students in Connecticut and other states, which closed last week.
She added that CDOP is still looking into the closure in Connecticut State College, which will not be open this school year.
Pressedio said the CTIES central and intermediate schools will remain open.