Update - NPS Educational Models 12/3/2020

Educational Model Update - December 3, 2020
Posted on 12/03/2020

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians,

I hope you all had an enjoyable holiday break and that you and your family are well. After serious, thoughtful consideration and consultation with numerous health professionals and colleagues, I have decided to resume our previous model effective Monday, December 7. Specifically, hybrid at the middle and high schools and four full days at the elementary level. Wednesday will remain a full remote learning day for all levels. Bus routes will return to the previously established routes prior to November 23. The following information was utilized in making this decision:

  • conversations with State Epidemiologist, Dr. Lynn Sosa, Heath District Director, Charles Brown, Principals, and Nurse Supervisor, Mercy Hetherington

  • an analysis of the Thanksgiving holiday impact on staffing 

  • feedback from staff and families 

  • discussions/information sharing with Hartford Area Superintendents, including Wethersfield, Berlin, and Rocky Hill regarding their current/projected school models

  • analysis of COVID cases that have impacted NPS

  • current projections that the second wave COVID peak may not occur until January, which may impact in person learning after the holiday break

I realize that there will be mixed reactions to this decision, but I can assure you that it was made with safety at the forefront coupled with the most equitable educational model for all  students. Families continue to have the option to choose a full remote model for their children at any level. Please be advised that making a model change can take up to 3-5 days and may result in a teacher change at the elementary level. Please contact your child’s school directly if you plan to make a model change. 

As always, this is subject to modification based on our local circumstances. Any changes to our post winter break schedule will be communicated no later than Thursday, December 31. 

Just a friendly reminder that if your Thanksgiving celebration included large gatherings outside your immediate household, it is strongly recommended that your child self-quarantine for 14 days from the event and temporarily transition to remote learning. Please communicate with your child’s school if you will be making this temporary switch in learning models due to your circumstances. In addition, If you traveled to a state on the CT Travel Advisory and stayed longer than 24 hours, your child must obtain a PCR COVID-19 test three days prior to leaving the state or upon return. A negative PCR test must be presented to the school prior to your child’s reentry. The Department of Public Health also requires that you quarantine at home until you receive the results. As always, please report any exposures, illnesses and positive COVID cases  to your child’s school nurse and complete the appropriate absence form. 

Thank you continued support and adherence to our mitigation strategies

Be Well,

Maureen Brummett, Ed.D

Superintendent of Schools