An important update - October 9, 2020
 
 
 
I am writing to inform you of six additional positive COVID-19 cases in the Norwich Free Academy community. Of these cases, five students had no exposure on our campus and therefore no other students or staff members were in proximity of these individuals. The sixth student was last on campus October 1. NFA transitioned to remote learning October 2.
 
We have been in regular contact with our partners at Uncas Health District. When we are notified of a positive case, we quickly work to understand all the facts of each scenario and begin our own contact tracing program and coordination with Uncas Health District. As part of our protocol, any member of our school community deemed to be a close contact has been notified by our team and given appropriate measures to follow. The students are also following guidance at home from Uncas Health District.
 
As you are likely aware, Norwich is one of four towns in eastern Connecticut on a COVID-19 alert from the Connecticut Department of Health due to an increase in the spread within our community.
 
To date, our tracing efforts indicate no passing of the disease on our campus. Rather, the positive cases we have had represent community based spread. Mitigation efforts now are paramount to controlling the spread in our community. I encourage you and your family to remain vigilant in wearing a mask, keeping your social distance and self-monitoring for symptoms.
 
Important information about COVID-19, including a daily symptom checker, can be found on the NFA website at www.nfaschool.org/parents.
 
Thank you again for your continued patience and cooperation. I will provide further updates as needed.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Brian M. Kelly
Head of School