Superintendent Letter: Learning Plan Update

District

 

Dear Families,

Here is our weekly learning model plan, please note due to the holiday you will not receive an update on November 27th. 

From November 23rd to December 4th we will remain in a hybrid model. 

What is the status of parentally-placed remote students? 
Are they returning to school in full this school year?

  • Parentally requested remote learning will continue to be honored by the Governor, perhaps for the entire school year. 

  • When we project inviting students “in full” on December 7th (pending health data) that does not include the parentally-placed remote learners. They will stay remote. Now that all students supported by an IEP and all students supported by an ESL plan are in school 4 days a week, there is a very small number of students who would be additionally placed in classrooms when we return “in full.” Approximately 40% of students districtwide would remain, remote learners, even when we return to school in full.

Thanksgiving

  • We respectfully ask that you discourage Thanksgiving travel. 

  • Please stay at home and enjoy a small & safe family gathering and refrain from dining with people not living in your home (if you do, then wear masks).

  • If you do travel, inform your principal before you leave and they will give you a quarantine return date.

  • Do not report to school until you have been cleared from the travel restriction quarantine by your principal.

  • Please remember to notify your principal if you are COVID positive, are a close contact of a COVID positive, have COVID symptoms or travel, and do not enter the school until you have been cleared by the principal.

Health Metrics

Each Thursday/Friday, in consultation with Uncas Health, we review the health metrics related to COVID-19 in the City of Norwich. Unfortunately, this data is not available to us until very late in the week. That is why we cannot determine next week’s learning model any earlier. We understand that it is difficult for families and faculty to make decisions on such short notice and that is why we also try to foreshadow the long-term plan (in an effort to help you plan). 

  • Here are the weekly positivity rates for the City of Norwich. As a reminder, this is one of the metrics that is considered. 

    • 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 17, the positivity rate was 33.4

  • Our city is still in a “red alert status” meaning that positivity rates are still above 15. This is a citywide measure in CT. The measure for schools in CT is under 25. If the rate is over 25 that triggers a conversation with Uncas Health. In Norwich, we already meet regularly (more than weekly). A rate of 25+ does not indicate that the school model would change. A variety of metrics are analyzed in a holistic manner every week under the leadership of Uncas Health. 

Some examples include:

    • Transmission rate in schools (currently 1%)

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

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

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

    • Percent of remote learners (currently 40%)

    • Fidelity of mitigation strategies

    • Number of COVID positive Norwich residents or staff who reside outside of Norwich

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

  • The DOH (Department of Health) describes  schools as 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.)

  • Please remain vigilant in safety efforts to minimize risk outside of school, 98.82% of transmission in Norwich Public Schools is happening OUTSIDE of the schools. 

Phase in to Re-Open (As long as the health metrics remain favorable)

Aug 31-Sept 4 All staff in-Training
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 26-30 Hybrid model 2 days & High Need Students in 4 days
Nov 2-6 Hybrid model 2 days & ALL IEP students welcome to attend 4 days 
Nov 9-13 Hybrid model 2 days & ALL IEP students welcome to attend 4 days
Principals will begin to reach out to invite high need ELL hybrid students to attend 4 days
Nov 16-20 Hybrid model 2 days, All IEP & ESL students invited 4 days
Nov 23-24 All students in hybrid (Cohort A in person Monday and Tuesday, Cohort B remote Monday and Tuesday, ALL IEP and ESL students invited in person both days) (November 25-27 is Thanksgiving break - No School)
Nov 30-Dec 4 Hybrid model 2 days, All IEP &  ESL students invited 4 days  (Dec 2-Dec 4: Early Dismissal for Family Conferences)
Dec 7-11 All students in person 4 days (remote learning on Wednesday)
Dec 14-18 All students in 5 days 
Dec 21-23 All students in 3 days (Dec 24-Jan 1 is Winter recess) 
Jan 4-8 All students in person 5 days

 

Here are our current remote learning numbers by school as of today:

Huntington Mahan Moriarty Stanton Uncas  Vets Wequonnoc Kelly Global
30.25% 37.80% 38.46% 41.16% 36.18% 35.74% 34.21% 42.21% 40.24%

 

I hope you are all safe and well. 

 

Sincerely,
Kristen E. Stringfellow Ed.D.

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