Safe Return to In-Person Instruction
The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), the Connecticut Department of Health (DPH) and the Office of the Governor have determined that access to in-person learning is a priority. We have experienced first-hand that in-person instruction is the best approach for students to be educated, have equitable and effective access to educational opportunities, access good nutrition, and engage in activities which promote social and emotional wellness. We want families to feel comfortable and confident when sending all children back to in-person learning and we are prepared to keep our schools safe.
Norwich Free Academy plans to operate with full in-person schooling for 2021-22. The DPH and CSDE do not anticipate the need to mandate, due to public health necessity, that school districts provide a remote learning option for students and their families for the 2021-22 school year. Therefore, the remote learning option will no longer be in place after this school year. We will continue to make excellent use of technology for innovative learning including providing avenues for personalized learning and enrichment, supporting learning acceleration, and for specialized instruction and interventions.
We will deploy layers of mitigation strategies (mask-wearing, social distancing, hand-washing) as required by the DPH as we return next year. Our experience this year showed us that in-school transmission was rare and that was likely due to the implementation of mitigation strategies. We encourage families to consider vaccinating their children when they are age-eligible.
The Norwich Free Academy Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan is summarized in the chart below. Please email any feedback or comments on this plan to email@example.com.