Superintendent Letter: Learning Plan Update



Dear Families,

January 4-15, 2021 we will be in the hybrid learning model.

Update on BinaxNOW rapid COVID testing in school for students and staff who develop symptoms during the school day

  • December 4, 2020

    • First wave of pilot in Kelly MS, Huntington, Moriarty  & Stanton Elementary

  • January 4, 2021

    • Second wave of pilot includes Bishop Preschool, Global MS, Mahan, Veterans, Uncas & Wequonnoc Elementary

  • January 19, 2021

    • Full district implementation at Case St FRC, Adult Ed, NTA, Central Office staff

Update on NPS staff vaccinations

  • As more NPS staff are invited to vaccinate, the greater the likelihood that the staffing will continue to be adequate to support  in person instruction.

  • As of December 21, 2020 all NPS nursing staff and CNA health aides were invited to vaccinate in CT priority subgroup 1A. Most have been vaccinated.

  • We are preparing for NPS teachers and school staff to be offered the vaccination in subgroup 1B.

Health Metrics: Here are the weekly positivity rates for the City of Norwich. As a reminder, this is one of the metrics considered when determining the learning model. DPH and SDE are relying less and less on the positivity rates as they learn more about COVID-19. 

  • During the week of October 19, the city positivity rate was 40.7 per 100,000

  • During the week of October 26, the positivity rate was 30.8 

  • During the week of November 2, the positivity rate was 22.4

  • During the week of November 9, the positivity rate was 18.1

  • During the week of November 16, the positivity rate was 33.4

  • During the week of November 23, the positivity rate was 43.3

  • During the week of November 30, the positivity rate was 40.9

  • During the week of December 7, the positivity rate was 38.1

  • During the week of December 14, the positivity rate was 61.5

  • During the week of December 21, the positivity rate was 70.3

  • During the week of December 28, the positivity rate was 65


  • The City of Norwich remains in a “red alert status” meaning that positivity rates are still very high. A variety of metrics are analyzed in a holistic manner every week under the leadership of Uncas Health, including:

    • Transmission rate within schools (currently 1.1%) 

    • Number of COVID positives in the school department and in each school.

    • Number of COVID positives in 1 household vs. spread among several 

    • Number of close contacts made to quarantine because of a COVID positive.

    • Percent of remote learners (currently 35%)

    • Fidelity of mitigation strategies

    • Number of COVID positive staff that are Norwich residents vs. non-residents 

    • Schools are the source of food, warmth, safety and mental health support for many students

  • Schools are very well controlled environments where multiple mitigation strategies are intentionally managed (frequent hand washing, mask use, monitoring symptoms, monitoring close contacts, cohorting, distancing, maximizing outdoor time, cleaning and disinfecting, etc.)


 Learning Model Plan (subject to change)

Sept 8-11 Hybrid in half days
Sept 14-Oct 1 Hybrid in full 2 days & High Need Students 4 days
Oct 2-16 Generally Remote (High Need Students in person)
Oct 19-23 Generally Remote add high-need students. Adult Education and pre-school in person.
Oct 26-Nov 13 Hybrid model
Nov 16-Dec 18 Hybrid model 2 days, All IEP &  ESL students invited 4 days
Dec 21-Dec 23 Remote due to staffing
Jan 4-15 Hybrid model 2 days, All IEP & ESL students invited 4 days

Remote learning numbers by school as of today:

Huntington Mahan Moriarty Stanton Uncas  Vets Wequonnoc Kelly Global
30.53% 37.25% 34.34% 42.10% 33.2% 36.44% 32.45% 45.08% 42.27%


I hope you are all safe and well. 

Kristen E. Stringfellow Ed.D.

Mark Your Calendar

NPS Calendar 2020-21

First page of the PDF file: nps-calendar_2020-21