Delay for In Person at Middle & High Schools

Delay for Return to In Person Learning at Middle and High Schools
Posted on 04/01/2021
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In the past week, Norwalk Public Schools has consulted with the Norwalk Health Department and our medical advisor about our plans for the expansion of in-person learning.  While vaccinations are progressing as quickly as possible, community transmission remain high.

As you know, our schools have been working to plan out how to move to 3 feet distancing, based on the new CDC guidelines. At this elevated status, keeping students in cohorts is required in order to operate at 3 feet.  NPS is able to do this effectively at the elementary school level, but not at our middle and high schools.

The new CDC guidelines also require that schools still maintain 6 feet of space in common areas such as hallways, and when masks cannot be worn, such as during meal time.  We know many families and employees have expressed concerned about lunch time and common areas.

Based on these considerations, we need to delay the switch from hybrid learning to full in-person learning for middle and high schools.  Hybrid and remote learning will remain in place for now at all secondary schools.  We will continue to monitor the facts closely, but at this point, we cannot set a date for a fuller return to in-person learning.

We know this is disappointing news for many. It is a priority for the district to have as many students as possible return to full time, in-person learning.  But that can only be done when health and safety conditions allow it. 

Cases had appeared to be trending down for a time, but they are instead inching up, especially following warmer weather and spring break.  As you and your family head into the long holiday weekend, we encourage everyone to continue to wear masks, practice social distancing, and follow all guidelines on in-person gatherings.  Thank you for your understanding.