Stamford schools closed through April 10, at least, due to coronavirus
STAMFORD — The city’s Office of Public Safety, along with the Stamford Department of Health, is closely monitoring the new coronavirus (COVID-19) and is in frequent communication with the Centers for Disease Control and the state Department of Public Health.
The city has set up an emergency hotline — 203-977-8840 — about COVID-19 and will have brief recorded information that will be updated as warranted.
Stamford Hospital has its own hotline: 203-276-4111. Health care officials are available to answer questions or concerns regarding the coronavirus 7 days a week from 7 a.m.- 7 p.m.
Here are some of the latest updates and impacts of the new coronavirus on Stamford:
Stamford schools closed through April 10
Stamford Public Schools announced Monday they will be closed through April 10. Schools are scheduled to reopen no sooner than Monday, April 13.
Through April 3, weekdays will be a distance-learning school days. April 6 through 10 will remain Spring Break days without coursework.
DVCC closes Stamford and Norwalk offices
The Domestic Violence Crisis Center has temporarily closed its Stamford and Norwalk offices, but DVCC said it remains grounded in its mission to provide effective services, support and education for the prevention and elimination of domestic violence.
With schools and many businesses closed - and the increased need for social distancing to help stop the spread of the new coronavirus - victims may feel even more isolated and unsafe at home, DVCC Executive Director Suzanne Adam said in a statement.
“Not being able to go to work and connect with your colleagues, it can certainly increase your vulnerability,” said Allison Randall, vice president for policy and emerging issues for the National Network to End Domestic Violence.
“Victims have to make a decision about not only safety but their well-being and health,” she said, adding that they may be unsure of the health and hygiene practices at shelters and concerned about sharing a communal space with strangers.
DVCC said it urges victims to reach out if they need support as their staff has implemented emergency preparedness procedures and activated a COVID-19 response plan, which includes protocols to ensure safety for all clients and residents, Adam said.
The following will remain in effect until further notice:
• Their crisis hotline, 888-774-2900, will remain operational 24/7 via call or text.
• Their two safe houses will remain operational 24/7.
• Counseling and advocacy will be provided via phone or email. Walk-in services are temporarily suspended.
• Court services remain in place at Norwalk and Stamford Superior Courts within parameters established by the state related to criminal and civil court operations. Meetings with clients will be conducted by telephone.
• They are temporarily suspending their community donation program and are not accepting in-person drop-offs of any physical items.
• Weekly support groups are on hiatus.
• Staff have been instructed to cancel any in-person meetings, trainings or participation in off-site events.
• Volunteer certification scheduled in March has been canceled.
Altice offers free Wi-Fi for Stamford students at home
Altice USA announced on Monday that it would offer free Wi-Fi for 60 days to Stamford students and college students, in response to the spread of COVID-19, the coronavirus.
The offer, which would provide a 30 Mbps broadband connection, is meant for families who do not currently have internet access.
Stamford school buildings were closed last Friday and all students were instructed to continue their education through “distance learning,” or online education, for two weeks. On Sunday, the governor extended it through the end of the month. Students without devices were given Chromebooks or iPads to take home. But many families do not have Wi-Fi access, meaning the students would not be able to log in to do their daily assignments.
“Altice USA is committed to helping schools and students stay connected during this unprecedented time,” read a press release from Stamford Public Schools.
The Altice offer is available starting March 16. To sign up, call 866-200-9522.