NFA remains in remote learning
 
Norwich Free Academy will remain in remote learning through the end of the first semester.
 
Students were scheduled to return to campus Monday, January 11. The current return to campus date is Monday, January 25.
 
I understand this decision may disappoint some of you, and I realize it can provide additional challenges, but in light of what is happening in our community, it is necessary to provide the safest environment for our students, faculty and staff. Current COVID numbers in Norwich and our partner districts are at the highest levels they’ve been since the pandemic began in March. In Norwich alone, the infection rate is 82.3 per 100,000. When we moved to remote learning earlier this year, that number was in the 50s. There has been significant spread in our area, which has also made it challenging to provide adequate staffing for our students, not just because of positive cases, but also because of quarantines related to close contacts. Based on these numbers and guidance from the state, the current situation simply does not lend itself to more in-person learning.
 
Students will continue to follow our existing schedule and more information about that will be shared in this week’s Sunday Night Reminder.
 
Grab-and-go meals will continue to be available for our students. Meals can be picked up daily between 12 and 1 pm in the Bradlaw lot, located at the East Gate off of Joseph Perkins Road.
 
The safety of our students and staff is the focal point of every decision we make. It is my sincere hope that this decision, combined with enhanced community awareness and a renewed focus on mitigation efforts, will provide our students an opportunity to return to the classroom at the start of our second semester.
 
With continued appreciation for your cooperation and patience,
 

Dr. Brian M. Kelly
Head of School