Dear Norwich Public School Families,
As we close out this unprecedented year of teaching and learning, I want to thank you all for rising up and meeting the challenges that we were presented with during the COVID-closure of schools. During uncertain times, you were able to make it possible for our staff to reach and teach our students as best we could. We recognize how vital your support has been to the success we have achieved in distance learning and we thank you for your partnership. We miss our precious students more than you know and we are hopeful that we will all be together again soon. We know you have worked extremely hard helping us with distance learning and we recognize that we could not have done it without you. With summer break approaching, you have certainly earned this time to relax, recharge and rejuvenate with your family and friends but we also wanted to keep you informed of the planning that will take place in our school department this summer.
Whether we return to school in the fall for face to face instruction, continuing distance learning or a hybrid model is yet to be determined by the Governor. While he is deciding on the model, we have been dedicating our time to plan in the safest way possible for all students and staff to return.
Norwich Public Schools has developed a Re-Opening NPS steering committee comprised of Jamie Bender (Special Education Director), Pauline Lisi and, Teresa Eagan (sharing the Interim Assistant Superintendent role), Lindy Fregeolle (Multi Language Learner Director), Andrea Flynn (Academic Administrative Specialist), Sheri Tanner (Middle School Principal), Peter Camp (Elementary Principal), Susan Lessard (Elementary Principal), Sarah Duso (Elementary Principal) and me.
We have also created three subcommittees (chaired by members of the steering committee) tasked to continue “re-opening schools” work over the summer in the areas of:
- Safety & Wellness
- Teaching and Learning
During the summer we will solicit feedback and input from multiple stakeholders (including parents, students, and community members) to ensure that our decisions are reflective of the community values of Norwich families. Thank you again for all your hard work during this distance learning effort and thank you for trusting the education of your children to the Norwich Public Schools.
Best Wishes for a happy and healthy summer,
Kristen E. Stringfellow, Ed.D., Superintendent