Superintendent Letter: Learning Plan Update

District

 

Dear Families,

During the week of February 15th-19th we will be in a hybrid learning model.

  • No school Monday & Tuesday
  • Wednesday is a remote learning day
  • Thursday & Friday will be Cohort B.

The Week of February 22

  • All NPS students K-8 invited in-person instruction 4 days  (with Wednesday being remote).
  • Pre-School students will be in-person 5 days a week.
  • NTA has been fully open and operating 5 days a week.
  • Adult Education has been fully open and operating 5 days a week.

Remote Learners

When we shift to in-person learning 5 days a week, parents will still have a remote learning option but the model will change significantly.

  • Currently, remote learners engage in live sessions with their teacher and classmates, that will no longer be feasible when teachers are instructing more students in-person 5 days a week.
  • There will be one teacher per school managing remote learners. Assignments will be posted and submitted. More specific information will follow from your principal when this shift occurs.

Good News - Over 160,000 CT residents have been fully vaccinated. CT has the lowest number of COVID hospitalizations since early November. More community members are being vaccinated every day. 60,000 doses of vaccine are being administered in CT each week. Positivity rates in the City (and state) continue to trend sharply downward. Within NPS, we are at the lowest levels of COVID positive persons that we have seen since the beginning of the school year. 

Please continue to wear your masks and only socialize with members of your own household (especially during the February school holiday). Please do this for the safety of our children and our staff.

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
  • During the week of January 4, the positivity rate was 82.3
  • During the week of January 12, the positivity rate was 111
  • During the week of January 19, the positivity rate was 110.6
  • During the week of February 1, the positivity rate was 69.9
  • During the week of February 8, the positivity rate was 49.3

Positivity rates are still very high in the City of Norwich. A variety of metrics are analyzed in a holistic manner weekly (under the leadership of Uncas Health) to determine the school learning model, 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 33%)
  • 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
Jan 20-29 Remote due to staffing
Feb 1-19 Hybrid model 2 days, All IEP & ESL students invited 4 days
Feb 22-26 All students invited 4 days a week (Wednesday is remote)

 

Remote learning numbers by school as of today:
Huntington Mahan Moriarty Stanton Uncas  Vets Wequonnoc Kelly Global
26.93% 33.47% 29.91% 36.36% 31.73% 32.19% 30.97% 41.95% 40.79%

 

I hope you are all safe and well. 

 

Sincerely,
Kristen E. Stringfellow Ed.D.

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NPS Calendar 2020-21

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