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A Safe Return to School 2021-2022

A Safe Return to School & Continuity of Services Plan 2021-2022

District Statement:

As we approached the start of the 2021- 2022 school year, Norwalk Public Schools District is committed to continuing a reopening plan that is responsive to the needs of our students, staff, and community. We look forward to having all of our students return to school on Tuesday, August 30, in-person! As you know, Norwalk Public Schools has put enhanced health and safety precautions in place in all schools throughout the district. We will reopen, this fall, with an instructional plan that is built for consistency and maintains many systems and protocols that will keep our students and staff safe. Currently, we are planning for a full return in the Fall, while adhering to any ongoing local, state and federal requirements, as we did during this school year.

Mitigation Strategies:

Strategies follow current State of Connecticut guidance and may change as a result of updates.

Beginning in September 2021, Norwalk Public Schools will implement the following mitigation measures:

● All students and staff will be required to wear masks when inside the schools

● Mask use in outdoor settings will be required at distances of 3 feet or less (until guidance from the City/State dictates otherwise)

● Social distancing of 3 feet will be maintained in all settings including lunch spaces (waiting for distance guidance while eating)

● Students will be in cohorts whenever possible

● Ventilation will be continuously monitored to ensure necessary air flow

● Schools will be cleaned and sanitized according to adopted procedures

● Contact tracing will be conducted in cooperation with the Norwalk Health Department

● Vaccination clinics will be publicized through school communication channels

● The district will maintain health and safety protocols and policies to support the individual needs of students and staff.

Learning Model:

Beginning in September 2021, Norwalk Public Schools will implement an in-person learning model. Student learning will be supported with:

● Social emotional supports

● Identification of students needs for grade level skills and acceleration of instruction, with additional tutoring support as needed

● Collaborative grade and department work to align instruction in support of student learning needs

Additional Resources:

This plan was created based on the original Reopening Guidance written in July 2020, and submitted to the CT State Department of Education, as required. It outlines, in detail, our safe return to school, in compliance with all necessary health and safety mitigation strategies. This plan was updated in June of 2021 to reflect the Interim Guidance for Summer School and Enrichment Opportunities, published 5/21/2021. It will continue to be reviewed every time new guidance is released from the CDC and State.

Please provide comments to this plan using this survey form. Thank you.