State Senator Tony Hwang will lead a panel of education and public health experts to explore how each community can best serve the educational needs of its students. The forum will be held on Facebook on Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 4 p.m.

Participants include Fran Rabinowitz, Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) executive director; Miguel Cardona, Department of Education commissioner; Diedre Gifford, Department of Public Health acting commissioner or their agency representative, and other experts TBA.

Hwang has reached out to the Departments of Education and Public Health to ask for updated metrics or guidelines so local school districts can make consistent decisions as to whether they will offer in-person or remote learning. Currently each town or school district can choose their learning models based on differing threshold standards.

The variances have created an untenable and unpredictable environment for students, parents, teachers and local administrators, according to Hwang. There is an infinite mix of scenarios that can change daily, leaving students and parents on high alert, suspecting that any school call or email could be the one that alters their family’s study/work/life balance.

The forum will be viewable on Facebook Live, recorded and shared with Governor Ned Lamont, the Connecticut Department of Education, Department of Public Health and the media. It will be recorded and subject to state freedom of information (FOI) guidelines.

Interested parties may email questions in advance of the meeting. Please include name, school system and contact information to

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