December 31st update
 
December 31
 
Good afternoon,
 
First, it is my hope that all of you were able to enjoy this holiday break by finding time to spend it with those closest to you.
 
With students scheduled to return to school on Monday, January 3, I wanted to provide you with some key information and important reminders. First, the Connecticut State Department of Education and Governor Lamont are committed to safely reopening schools for in-person learning. While there has no doubt been a rise in reported cases, we know the importance of children being at school – from academic success to overall social and emotional well being. 
 
With that in mind, following three comprehensive strategies can help us be successful in maintaining our current learning environment – vaccinate, test and mitigate. 
 
Medical professionals continue to urge vaccinations and boosters for all who are eligible, stating that vaccination helps minimize the spread, as well as limiting the severity of symptoms should you contract COVID-19. And, if your student is vaccinated, please provide a copy of the card to our medical center by emailing tavaresa@nfaschool.org. This helps immensely with contact tracing. To learn more about the vaccine and where and how you can get it, click here.
 
Testing is also a key measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19. While obtaining a test locally can be a challenge, home tests are available in stores and can be a valuable tool to determine if you or someone in your family has COVID-19. 
 
The most important thing we can do together is focus on mitigation strategies. With our experience dealing with this challenge over the last two years, we have been effective in this area. However, now, more than ever, it is important to remember a few simple things:
  • Do not come to school if you are sick. In addition to putting a burden on our medical center team, coming to school sick increases the odds of spreading the disease. Please: stay at home if you feel sick or have a fever, runny nose or shortness of breath
  • Continue to wear your mask at all times when inside – with the exception of lunch. Cover both your mouth and nose. No gaiters are allowed, nor masks that have exhalation valves. 
  • Maintain social distancing when possible, especially indoors. 
  • Wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer, too. Remember, hand sanitizer is available throughout campus, and teachers also have disinfectant wipes available. These are all important steps to take. 
From a staff perspective, we are nearly at a 100 percent vaccination rate, and many on our team have already received a booster shot, with others scheduled to receive it next week. 
 
This is not an easy time for anyone. However, if we keep focused on mitigation strategies and other measures, then we have the ability to provide the best learning environment possible for our students. 
 
Thank you for your continued support and cooperation. I will continue to share information and updates with you as needed.
 
I wish all of you a healthy and happy 2022!