An important update - September 29, 2020
September 29, 2020
I am writing to inform you that a student at Norwich Free Academy has tested positive for COVID-19. The asymptomatic student was last on campus Friday, September 25, and is currently in isolation at home for 14 days. We will work with the student and family to ensure a normal return to school following the isolation period.
Our campus was cleaned thoroughly on Saturday as part of our rigorous protocols.
Upon receiving notification, we have been in regular contact with our partners at Uncas Health District. Based on all of the known facts in this particular case, we are not making any adjustments to our hybrid schedule at this time. Students will learn remotely on Wednesday, September 30, as they normally would, and we look forward to welcoming our Cohort B students on campus Thursday.
As is part of our normal protocol, the campus will receive a thorough cleaning again Wednesday.
Providing students, faculty and staff with a safe and healthy environment is our number one priority and has been our continued focus. We are grateful for the cooperation and patience of our families as we work together to navigate this challenging time. We continue to require the wearing of masks for all students, faculty and staff. Our students use hand sanitizer on the way in and out of every classroom, and all learning surfaces are cleaned with an alcohol wipe prior to the start of each class. High-traffic touch points are cleaned regularly and our one-way traffic flow has provided less opportunity for student contact during passing times.
COVID-19 is spread mainly via person-to-person contact through contaminated air droplets from coughing and sneezing by an infected person. As with controlling the spread of other viruses, we urge everyone to take and speak to your children about the following preventive measures:
     •Wash your hands frequently, but especially after using the restroom and before                  preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20 seconds.          Be sure to also wash your fingertips. When soap and water are not available, use              hand  sanitizer.
     •Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or                  sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue,                          cough/sneeze inside the elbow of your arm.
     •As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
     •Wear a face covering (mask) whenever there is a likelihood that you or your family              members will be in the presence of others.
     •Maintain social distancing (at least 6 feet) when outside of your home.
Below is the list of COVID-19 symptoms for which everyone should monitor in their family members:
     ❑    Fever (100.4° Fahrenheit or higher)
     ❑    Chills or shaking chills
     ❑    Uncontrolled new cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
     ❑    Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
     ❑    New loss of taste or smell

Thank you again for your continued patience and cooperation. I will provide further updates as needed.
Dr. Brian M. Kelly
Head of School