Remote learning follow-up
 
Monday, January 11
 
Given the information I shared with you Friday about Norwich Free Academy remaining in remote learning until January 25, I feel it's important to provide additional context relevant to that decision.
 
Our focus Friday was making a decision and getting the word out to our school community as quickly as possible. Today, I'd like to share with you a bit more of the key metrics that went into making the decision.
 
As I mentioned in my email Friday, the daily case rate in Norwich is 82.3 per 100,000. This is a significant number and quite larger than other numbers that previously sent us in to remote learning. The percentage of positive tests in Norwich is 11.5, another significant data point.
 
Our partner districts are also seeing significant numbers, with case rates ranging from 49.4 to 107 and percentage of positive tests ranging from 6.5 to 13.3.
 
While these numbers are significant, so, too, have been the recent case counts in our school community. Since we left for holiday break on December 23, we have registered 33 positive cases.
 
Due to the timing of these cases, we have had to do little contact tracing. But, please know, if your student was determined to be a close contact in any of these cases, you would have heard from us by now.
 
Because that number includes a mix of students and staff, the added levels of quarantine put an additional burden on our ability to provide proper staffing in all areas.
 
I appreciate the challenges surrounding remote learning. Our teachers are doing an incredible job delivering lessons in unique ways, and our support team is working hard to connect with students and enhance overall engagement.
 
It is my hope that we will see our community numbers decline in a way that allows us to welcome back our students back to campus on January 25. No matter the situation, I can assure you that decisions made will focus on protecting the health of our community above all else.
 
With continued appreciation for your cooperation and patience,
 
Dr. Brian M. Kelly
Head of School