Governor Sununu has announced that all K-12 public schools in the state will return to full-time in-person learning five days a week by Thursday, April 19th. Currently, about 60 percent of schools are already doing this. This will mark the official end of mandated school closures that the Governor initiated on March 16, 2020 due to COVID-19.
In his announcement, the Governor rightfully pointed to the demonstrated safety of reopening schools, the availability of the vaccine for teachers and staff who want it, and not least, the need for children to return to an in-person learning environment. While the Governor’s goal is to have all students return to the classroom before April vacation the week of the 26th, schools will still have a remote option for those who need it.
After a painful year marked by educational and social costs for our children, this milestone is critical, not only for students, but for our state’s return to some semblance of normal functioning. We at Cornerstone are grateful to the Governor for taking this affirmative step. On behalf of all New Hampshire families and children, thank you.