Coronavirus Resource Center: What Connecticut Needs To Know
State & Federal Restrictions and Recommendations
On August 5, 2021, it was announced that Connecticut municipal leaders have the option of requiring masks to be worn by everyone in indoor public places regardless of vaccination status within their respective towns and cities. All individuals who are 12 years of age or older and live, work, or attend school in Connecticut are currently eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Find more about the State of Connecticut's latest guidelines here.
In September 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released recommendations regarding COVID-19 vaccine booster shots. These recommendations include that people aged 65 years and older, residents aged 18 years and older in long-term care settings, and people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after completing their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series. Other groups may receive a booster shot based on their individual risk and benefit. Find more information about the booster shot recommendations here. Learn about additional current CDC guidelines here.
The Biden-Harris administration has released a seven-point plan to beat COVID-19, focused on free testing available to all Americans, effective and equitable distribution of vaccines, evidence-based guidance for states and communities on navigating the pandemic, and ensuring the safety of older Americans and other high-risk individuals. Read the Biden-Harris plan to beat COVID-19.
Authorization of COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5-11 has many kids, parents and teachers eagerly anticipating shots and perhaps slightly more normal lives.
In Connecticut, 78.6% of the state's entire population has received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and 70.5% are fully vaccinated, according to CDC data.
The highest rate of COVID-19 vaccination in the United States is not in a liberal-leaning Northeastern or West Coast state. It's in a place with a notably different political culture.
NPR's Noel King talks to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country's top infectious disease expert, about the implications of an FDA advisory panel recommending COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5-11.
Data found the vaccine to be 91% effective in preventing symptomatic infections for children in this age group.The FDA needs to sign-off on the recommendation.
More COVID-19 Resources
Distance Learning Resources
While Connecticut has reopened schools full time, part of that plan involves hybrid learning models, using both in-person and at-home classes. Below are resources available to both children and parents, as well as educators, to help encourage distance learning, as Connecticut's classrooms continue to be reimagined.
- Department of Education: The Connecticut Department of Education has shared helpful resources for families and educators, reflecting the latest state guidance for continued learning.
- Thinkalong.org: Using trusted source materials from PBS, NPR and local public media stations, Thinkalong is a free program that helps students think critically about media, develop informed opinions, and practice respectful, civil discourse.
- PBS Learning Media: CPTV and PBS have curated FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more for teachers.
- PBS Kids: The CPTV PBS Kids 24/7 channel provides PBS Kids’ high-quality content is available to all children and caregivers on a platform and at a time that works for them, including prime time, weekends, and other out-of-school times when they are most likely to tune in. The live stream includes a first-of-its kind integrated games feature, enabling children to toggle between a PBS Kids show and an activity that extends learning – all in one seamless digital experience.
Get more educational (and entertaining!) learn-at-home resources for students, families, and educators from Learn At Home from Connecticut Public.
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