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Coronavirus Dismissal and Cancellation

Early Dismissal Friday, March 13, No School and Distance Learning Starting Monday, March 16
Posted on 03/12/2020
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As you may know, additional cases of COVID-19 coronavirus continue to be identified in Connecticut and throughout the tri-state area. While at this time there is no confirmed COVID-19 exposure at our schools, the Norwalk Health Department has shared with us that it is reasonable to expect community transmission in our area.

With this in mind, Norwalk Public Schools will have a 2-hour early dismissal on Friday, March 13 for all students and staff. Beginning Monday, March 16, all Norwalk Public Schools will then be closed for a two-week period. During this time, we will continue to monitor developments before confirming that schools will be back in session. Earlier this afternoon, Governor Lamont announced that Connecticut will waive the requirement that schools must be in session for 180 days a year, giving us flexibility if we need it. 

The decision to close schools is never an easy one. But these are unprecedented times for our community and the country overall. The health of our students and staff, and in this case, our community, is the number one priority. Closing schools is a proactive measure that we need to take to protect students, staff and families.

NPS staff has spent all day today preparing for our Distance Learning Plan. Tomorrow, elementary students will receive packets to take home that will cover 10 days of instruction. Secondary students (6-12) will pick up Chromebooks and chargers so that they will be able to access instruction via Google Classroom. Special Education staff has also been preparing specific online and at home learning plans for students with disabilities as well as plans for providing services. We are also finalizing access to meals for students with more information available tomorrow. Students will be directed to bring home any necessary school materials, including books and musical instruments.

As we begin to implement at-home learning, parents and students will receive further instructions via email tomorrow.

As we are seeing worldwide, COVID-19 coronavirus is changing the way that we interact socially. While school will be closed for an extended time, we urge you and your students to be aware of all health recommendations for “social distancing.” After classwork is done, many students will want to gather with friends and find activities. At this time, the Centers for Disease Control suggests “social distancing” as the most effective way to limit the risk of exposure or spreading the virus. According to the CDC, social distancing includes “remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance” when possible. The City of Norwalk website has additional information direction for the community on measures that are being taken to limit the spread of coronavirus.

By working together, we can do our best to keep our community safe and healthy during these unusual circumstances. Please be sure to watch your email, the district website and social media pages (Facebook and Twitter), as well as the City of Norwalk website for official updates.

Thank you for your patience and support during these challenging times. We will have more information for you tomorrow and the coming days.

Sincerely,

Dr. Steven Adamowski, Superintendent