Cosgrove Sworn In

First selectman Jamie Cosgrove at his swearing in ceremony in 2013. Cosgrove made reducing escalating legal costs a priority, with new statistics showing has been successful.  

Branford town leaders are responding to calls for parents to reopen schools full time, awaiting a plan by superintendent Hamlet Hernandez and action by the Board of Education.

First selectman Jamie Cosgrove has led the town through the pandemic, a process which has included the shutdown, arranging for vaccines and regular meeting with town leaders. As such, he is looking forward to a reopening plan.

“I feel I have a unique perspective, not only as first selectman and dealing with other town leaders and other towns, but also having 2 girls in the school system and a wife who is a teacher,” he said. “I understand why we chose the hybrid model last summer. However after 5 months and being able to look at the data that we now have, and not seeing significant transmission in the schools, I feel its appropriate to have our kids back in the school learning and socializing.”

While parents have been hard on Hernandez as of late, the initial plan, implemented in September, did help to avoid a shutdown and minimize the impact of the virus. But since then there is significant amounts of new data; in the months since statistics from the state, surrounding towns and Branford are available.

Ray Ingraham, speaking for the Republican caucus, echoed similar sentiments.

“As we watch our neighboring towns reopen, we want to join with so many parents in requesting a reopening plan that includes seeing our students return to in-school learning 5 days a week this school year,” he said in a statement. “We know this is the goal of the Board and Superintendent, and we await the plan to see what so many of our neighboring towns have already done implemented here in Branford. Our children need to return to school; while we share concerns about the pandemic, we also see the emotional, social and education impacts on our students, and realize the long-term impacts of these.”

Parents pushed on February 24 for a reopening plan from the superintendent, and support from the Board of Education to make it happen. There appeared to be support from the BOE members, and a push for a meeting March 3.

Town officials do not determine what plan Branford Schools undertake; by law that is left to the superintendent and the Board of Education. But parents have been reaching out to many elected officials, seeking support to reopen sooner rather than later; should a plan not be presented and implements in March, the fear is that students will not return full time until the next school year.

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It's nice to work in education...what a racket the teachers have...never get laid off/fired and work half year and get paid extremely well(salary, crazy great benefits/retirement) - all on the back of the little people who have to go to work ever day - regardless of the pandemic.

School Vouchers = competition - which most know from real private sector works.

Teachers/Principals = Unions = Lazy overpaid taxpayer funded employees who keep our children down.

Guest

You have no idea what you are talking about.

Just like conspiracy theorists ignore the facts and make up their own. You really aren’t worth a response

Guest

School Vouchers = Demise of Teachers Unions and power to destroy your kids.

Never will happen - Teachers/Unions are too strong and love the power of telling their employers(taxpayers) to go to hell.

We will close these school at any time and if you don't like parents...tough! Nothing you can do. I went to Southern and got a worthless BS degree and now teach your dumb kids nothing all day long(social justice, humanities) and college great pay/benefits and can't get fired...so bug off and keep paying your taxes to fund my retirement.

Guest

That is an awful response!!! You are an educator and have the audacity to write such a thing. You are LAZY!!! You should consider

another profession.. I am appalled.

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Yet you reply!!

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None of this has anything to do with the article. It shows exactly how irrational the people supporting reopening are. "We hate teachers, so it must be safe to open schools"!

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Grow up....who cares if you are appalled! Who says that with a straight face? I am appalled....where are you? 1700's England?

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Does it really make any sense to go back to a normal schedule this year? Social distancing would still be required which means at least 2 times normal buses and classes with no more than 15 kids per classroom and hundreds of other precautions that will not be needed next September when every adult who wants a vaccine will have one and hopefully most kids 12 yrs old and above will also be vaccinated. Smartest thing is finish school year as is, use the ton of money coming from Bidens rescue plan to do all things needed for next school year and hopefully get as close to normal as possible in Sept. and beyond

Guest

According to Fauci - Masks are only required when 6ft social distancing is not possible. So, if everyone is wearing a mask, it doesn't matter how far apart they are in the schools or the buses. In that respect, they could reopen full time tomorrow.

Guest

That's not true at all. Wearing of Masks does NOT change the need to social distance by a minimum of 6 feet. Your reading of what Fauci said either misinterpretation or purposeful disinformation.

Guest

Fauci is worthless...40 years in government and clueless...live your lives people...if the people and Big Y can work - so can teachers and everyone else....enough with taxpayer funded jobs (teachers) who don't want to work and hide behind BS health reports....If everyone can work (Bigy, walmart,etc) you teachers can work as well!

School Vouchers and Privatize Schools - and they would never be shut down!

Guest

Teachers are in the schools here in Branford and have been since September! They want the kids back too by the way. Don't believe me, instead of posting, go talk with them and find out for yourself.

Guest

Vaccines so far are only approved for 16+. There’s probably won’t be approval for younger kids until the end of this year at the earliest. Fortunately kids are less likely to have severe illness if infected and there’s not been significant disease transmission within schools.

Guest

Not 5 days a week

Guest

You're right, they have only had to be there for four days a week, but many have been in for five. And before long, this discussion is a moot point as students are coming back after a decision by the Board of Ed and Superintendent.

Guest

And, trust me on this one, they have wanted to back in their classrooms with their students. Again, were you to have spoken any one of them, you'd know this.

Guest

And again, I have spoken with a few teachers and they just complain about going back and cry and whine and say they are heroes and dang it is sad to see such weak overpaid unamerican freaks!

Shut up and go to work teachers...Enough. If walmart, bigy people can work ...so you can you. If you don't like it...then don't work as teacher and go out into the real private sector.

Enough!!!

And take down you sanctimonious yard sign calling yourself a hero...dang, are you that insecure you need a sign to build you up.

GET BACK TO WORK...SHUT UP AND DO YOU JOB.

DO YOUR JOB - TAKE ADVISE FROM COACH B!

Guest

Prove it.

Guest

Prove that you have spoken to teachers and provide numbers. Stop generalizing. Step up and support your assertions with more than empty words. Know this, I respect your willingness to engage in a dialogue about current events, but please, do so with facts and evidence, rather than simple unsupported assertions. You do no one any favors or good when you do.

Guest

Sir or Ma'am, as I reread your last post, color me smiling and thank you for that. I am a teacher and I want my kids back in class. I am looking forward to seeing them everyday as is normal. I will wear a mask and I will ensure that my kids do so as well so that they can continue to come to class and we all can learn with each other. I am sorry that you have such a cynical outlook and response to this situation. And, should you be a coach, you know what it means to do for others, to help them learn, and to respect the jobs that others who do similarly. Thank you, again, for the smile.

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Prove it yourself

Guest

My grandson has been going FULL TIME to a Wallingford elementary school all year.

Guest

Well bully for you!

Guest

Branford education?

Guest

ever notice those who ask other to prove it...won't put their name and prove it themselves....(most likely they are teachers and hiding behind the cloaking device of "guest")

School Vouchers = unions out and teachers have to work in real world with competition....people are catching on that teachers are lazy union thugs who are over paid...the jig is up baby!

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