NFA Community Update - March 12
Thursday, March 12, 2020
 
As we continue to monitor conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, here is the latest information as it relates to Norwich Free Academy.
 
Earlier this week, our cleaning service instituted enhanced efforts to regularly disinfect high traffic areas, touch points and desk surfaces. A thorough ‘deep clean’ of our campus is scheduled for this weekend, including all computer and laptop keyboards.  And, we continue to remind our students, faculty and staff of the importance of proper personal hygiene on a daily basis.
 
I, and members of our administrative team, met this week with our School Medical Advisor at United Community and Family Services. Following guidance from that meeting, as well as from the state and federal level, the following steps will be taken immediately at Norwich Free Academy.
 
These actions are addressing events and activities between now and Sunday, May 3. Events and programs after May 3 will be addressed at a later date. These decisions are also subject to change based on any change in circumstances.
 
Field Trips
All field trips scheduled through the end of April have been cancelled and may, where possible, be rescheduled for after May 4. Any trips currently scheduled in May will be addressed at a later date.
 
Winter Sports Banquets
All school-sanctioned winter sports season banquets have been postponed and may be rescheduled with the approval of the athletic director.
 
Slater Museum
The Museum will remain open for classroom use as needed, however, it will be closed to the public until Monday, May 4. Events related to the opening of its new Asian Gallery and the Saturday Morning Children’s Art show have been postponed.
 
Performing Arts Events
The spring instrumental concert and choral concert are being discussed. These events may be modified and utilize television or online broadcasting capabilities to showcase the work of our students. The school musical may follow this same model or be rescheduled.   
 
Spring Sports
As per the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, there are currently no changes. This is subject to change based on guidelines from the CIAC and the Eastern Connecticut Conference.
 
School Clubs
There are no changes to regularly scheduled student club meetings. Club events that will include members of the public are postponed or may be modified using broadcast technology.
 
Upper Prom
Presently scheduled for Saturday, April 25, the Upper Prom will be postponed until late May. More details will be announced.  
 
‘Outside’ Programs
Effective immediately, programs run by NFA for the community (child and adult visual arts programs) or community events held at NFA have been postponed or cancelled. No community events will be scheduled prior to Monday, May 4. 
 
I can assure you that none of these decisions are made lightly. We are facing an unprecedented level of uncertainty, and our focus remains to provide the safest environment for our students, faculty and staff. Our responsibility is to protect the integrity of the school day and provide an effective learning environment while mitigating opportunities for risk, and that is what has driven the need to make these decisions based on guidance from our medical partner and appropriate state and federal agencies.
 
Additional updates and information will be available online at nfaschool.org/covid19
 
 
David J. Klein
Head of School