An important update - October 7, 2020
 
 
I am writing to inform you that five additional students at Norwich Free Academy have tested positive for COVID-19.
 
One student was last on campus September 25, one student was last on campus September 28, two students were last on campus September 29 and one student was last on campus October 1.
 
NFA transitioned to remote learning October 2.
 
Upon receiving notification, we have been in regular contact with our partners at Uncas Health District. As part of our protocol, any member of our school community deemed to be a close contact of either student would have already been notified by a member of our team and given appropriate measures to follow. The five students are also following guidance at home from Uncas Health District.
 
In-person learning at NFA is currently scheduled to resume Monday, October 19.  
 
I want to be candid related to two important elements. First, 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. This Information is then shared with our community.
 
More importantly, on multiple occasions, students have attended school with known symptoms. It is imperative that you keep your child home if they are not feeling well. Doing so not only protects your child, but it lowers the risk of exposure to anyone else at NFA. Please refer to the symptoms below.
 
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. Try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw it 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 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.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Brian M. Kelly
Head of School