March 10, 2020
Dear Norwich Families and Staff,
Yesterday evening I participated in a conference call with other Connecticut Superintendents, Mayors, City/Town Managers, the Connecticut Department of Education, Connecticut Department of Emergency Management, the Connecticut Department of Health and Governor Lamont’s Office relative to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) prevention.
The best form of prevention as recommended by the CDC is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning
- spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Our state leaders recommend that a good way to avoid being exposed to this virus is to engage in social distancing at large public venues. As such, they are strongly recommending that schools and communities postpone or cancel events where more than 100 people may gather. They stated that being abundantly cautious today, with gatherings and public events, will decrease the risk of exposure and transmission over the next several weeks.
As such, out of an abundance of caution and care for our students, staff, and families, you will notice in the next few weeks that the Norwich Public Schools (and other CT school departments) will be canceling large gathering events with the hopes of rescheduling in the future. Unfortunately, the Norwich Public Schools All-City Music Concert, scheduled for Wednesday, March 11, 2020, has been canceled. Please look to school messenger for the status of other school events. Here is the link to the latest information on the state department website which will be updated
frequently and posted on the Norwich Public Schools Website: https://portal.ct.gov/coronavirus
For any questions related to COVID-19, please feel free to reach out to Uncas Health District at email@example.com or (860) 823-1189. The health and safety of our students is our top priority.
Kristen E. Stringfellow, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Norwich Public Schools