A message from Dr. Estrella regarding NPS learning models

A message from Dr. Estrella regarding NPS learning models
Posted on 10/23/2020

This week, the State of Connecticut classified Norwalk as a COVID “red zone” due to the recent sharp rise in coronavirus cases. Municipalities in the red zone have confirmed positive cases above 15 per 100,000 people, based on a 14-day average.

As a result of this rise in cases, Norwalk Public Schools needs to look closely at the possibility of moving our middle and high schools from hybrid learning to full remote for all students in grades 6-12. We understand the challenges this may pose for families, and it is not a decision we are taking lightly.

Superintendent Dr. Alexandra Estrella and her team will review the most recent data over the next few days, in consultation with the Norwalk Health Department, before making a decision. Any transition from hybrid to full remote would be effective as of Monday, November 2, unless there is a significant change in circumstances that would require an earlier switch. Secondary teachers and staff would continue to report and provide instruction from their school buildings.

At this time, elementary students would continue to have the option to attend in-person, as would certain students with disabilities and some English language learners. 

More information will be sent directly from the NPS to families over the coming days. In the meantime, we urge everyone to discuss the following preventative measures with your children and family members: 

  • Wear a face covering (mask) whenever there is a likelihood that you or your family members will be in the presence of others.
  • Maintain social distancing (at least 6 feet) between yourself and others when outside of your home.
  • Wash your hands frequently, but especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20 seconds. Be sure to also wash your fingertips. When soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze inside the elbow of your arm.
  • As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.

We know it is disappointing to once again be looking at the possibility of a return to full learning at home. If a change becomes necessary, NPS counselors would provide additional resources for social emotional support. 

Please know that this decision is being considered because the health and safety of your children will always be our first priority. Working together, we can keep our community safe.