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The Connecticut State Department of Education’s (CSDE) commitment to public school choice is evident in the different types of public school choice programming available statewide. These options include Agricultural Science and Technology Education, Charter Schools, Connecticut Technical Education and Career System, Open Choice and Interdistrict Magnet Schools.

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The Connecticut State Department of Education’s (CSDE) commitment to public school choice is evident in the different types of public school choice programming available statewide.

New Haven school choice lottery results delayed amid coronavirus spread

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Engineering and Science University Magnet School in West Haven.

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Wilbur Cross High School during a citywide school shutdown on March 16, 2020.

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NEW HAVEN — Public school families in New Haven looking to enroll in a new school will have to wait two weeks longer to know where students are attending school next year because of coronavirus-related office closures.

New Haven Public Schools COO Michael Pinto announced Friday that the results of New Haven’s school choice placement lottery will be delayed until April 14.

“Amid school building closures and the current Covid-19 pandemic, all district offices will remain closed until further notice. These closures make it difficult for both Central Office and School staff to communicate with parents as we would normally do regarding placement and registration processes. It is because of these factors that we feel it is in the best interest of families to postpone,” he said in a statement.

As a result, various school registration deadlines likely will be amended.

“Amending these processes will allow for parents to complete the acceptance and registration processes from the safety of their homes and will allow us to follow through on Mayor (Justin) Elicker’s order to maintain social distancing while we get through this pandemic as a community,” the statement said.

New Haven’s model of school choice allows for students to apply for schools outside of their own neighborhoods. Suburban students also are invited to apply for a number of seats in New Haven’s magnet schools, which are themed schools designed as measures of desegregation and a significant source of revenue for the school district through grant funding associated with those schools.

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Annually, students apply to enroll in New Haven schools and the district’s Choice and Enrollment Office runs a lottery, weighting various factors such as a student’s proximity to a school and whether they have a sibling in that school.

Pinto said that, as of Friday, the district had not yet completed the lottery process internally.

School closures make it difficult for Central Office and School staff to communicate with…