Guiding Principles

The Milford Public Schools leadership team developed guiding principles to develop ReStart
2020-2021 plans.

The recommendations and considerations outlined in this plan are grounded in six guiding principles, aligned with State of Connecticut guidelines.

  • Safeguard the health and safety of students and staff
  • Allow all students the opportunity to return into the classrooms full time in the fall
  • Monitor the school populations and, when necessary, cancel classes to appropriately contain COVID-19 spread
  • Emphasize equity, access, and support to students and community
  • Foster strong two-way communication with partners such as families, educators and staff
  • Factor the physical safety and social-emotional well-being of our students when they are not in school

State Guidance

The Connecticut State Department of Education released its guiding document, Adapt, Advance, Achieve: Connecticut’s Plan to Learn and Grow Together, on June 29, 2020.  Public school districts have used this body of work to develop their local plans to reopen schools in the fall.  While the Adapt document offers useful information for all public districts, it was to be used as guidance only and acknowledges it should be viewed as a “fluid document that will evolve, based on the public health data trends as well as the best way to mitigate spread.”

Every public school district was required to submit their Reopening Plan by July 24, 2020, using a CSDE-provided template, addressing all aspects of public school operation for the fall. Our 18-page plan draft can be reviewed here.  In addition, public school districts continue to receive updated guidance from the Governor and our Commissioner of Education.  Multiple press conferences, webinars, conference calls and website postings continue to provide additional information for public school districts during this environment of change.


The Adapt, Advance, Achieve document from the CSDE has required the release of several addendums to the original.  Addendum 4 considers an important part of the decision-making process regarding the use of In-Person, Hybrid, or Remote Learning scenarios.  The information in this addendum comes from the Connecticut Department of Public Health.