May 13, 2020
Dear Class of 2020 Students and Families,
Let me begin by telling you how much I miss seeing you on campus, the daily hustle and bustle, hearing the sound of your voices and your laughter with friends. You see, the magnificent campus grounds and historic buildings don’t make NFA the great school and special place that it is – you do. You are NFA!
Last week, we provided some general information regarding end of year activities. Today, I want to share more specific information pertaining to you, our NFA seniors – the exceptional Class of 2020. As you know, due to the state mandated school closure, we can never truly replace what would have been this Spring; however, we are dedicated to doing our very best to properly honor you and celebrate your impressive achievements while at Norwich Free Academy.
Please understand that we recognize and share the deep disappointment, frustration and heartbreak that accompany this national health and safety crisis that has closed all Connecticut schools and radically changed daily life for everyone. We feel it, too, and I sincerely wish that we could just make it disappear and get back to normal. However, with teamwork, a ‘can do’ mindset and unwavering faith, we can properly recognize and give a proper send-off to the NFA Class of 2020. And we will.
We have a dedicated and forward thinking team of faculty, staff, administrators and parents working each day to bring these plans (and more) together with a focus on celebrating you and your achievements. We will do so in the safest and most practicable ways possible and in compliance with all guidelines set forth by Governor Lamont and state and local health professionals.
Our plan is outlined here. While this outlines the overall plan and activities, please understand that some plans are still being finalized that will require additional communication with you. That will be clear as you read through the specific activity descriptions. Our initial focus is to provide you with high-level events with specific details to come.
In closing, I apologize for this very lengthy correspondence; however, there is much for us to share. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we continue to navigate this unprecedented and challenging time.
David J. Klein