CT immunocompromised families say remote learning needs to be available option
As students across Connecticut adjust to learning in the classroom again, immunocompromised families say keeping a remote option available is still important.
Marney White, a Yale professor of public health., says due to chemotherapy she's taking to fight an autoimmune disease - the vaccine didn't take.
As Fairfield Public schools return to full, in-person learning, she's wondering what her fall will look like.
White also has two teenage stepchildren, who have been vaccinated - but she says for immunocompromised families, there's no safe way for young kids to return to class.
Starting in the fall, school districts aren't required to offer virtual learning.
Fairfield public schools said in a statement, "While we appreciate that some families have extenuating circumstances that may require remote instruction, we are awaiting further guidance from the CSDE. At this point, it is not being offered as a voluntary option."
The state House approved a bill last month that would offer virtual learning on the state level, but not in time for this school year.
White says without a virtual option, immunocompromised families are left with a terrible choice.
Pfizer says it's planning to apply to the FDA in September for emergency use authorization for their COVID-19 vaccine in children between 2 to 11 years old.