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Dear Parents and Guardians:

We are writing to inform you that today, September 9, 2020 we learned that an individual who was last physically present at Naugatuck High School on September 8, 2020 tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, all students at Naugatuck High School will dismiss today at 11:00 a.m., including those that typically stay longer.

The individual who tested positive is a 12th-grade student, who does not ride the bus, and is assigned to Group B-in-person learning on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All classrooms and physical spaces were cleaned and sanitized after dismissal yesterday and between all classes as well today.
Based on guidance from the Connecticut State Department of Education, Department of Public Health, and the CDC we are immediately taking the following steps:

  1. Effective immediately, Naugatuck High School is closed. Until further notice, all Naugatuck High School students will participate in distance learning from home.
  2. Our nursing supervisor, the Naugatuck Valley Health Department, and our medical advisor were notified. Contact tracing is underway.
  3. The entire school will be deep cleaned and sanitized.
  4. We will work with the Naugatuck Valley Health Department to assess the situation and determine Naugatuck High School’s next steps which will include when staff and students may return to the school building. We estimate that this will take between 2 and 5 days.
  5. We will communicate with the Naugatuck High School community once the next steps have been determined.
  6. Beginning tomorrow, lunch and breakfast will be available for pick-up during the closure at Naugatuck High School between 11:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.
  7. During the closure, all before and after school activities at Naugatuck High School are postponed.

Within the next few days, Principal Harris will communicate important updates including Naugatuck High School’s next steps which will include when staff and students may return to the school building.

In partnership,

Chris Montini

Dear Naugatuck Public Schools Distance Learning Families:


Welcome back!  I am excited for the 2020 - 2021 school year. I know it has been a summer like no other  - a year like no other. So much remains uncertain, and I hope you were able to find some time to rest, relax, and enjoy time with friends and family safely.  Today, you will discover who your child’s teacher will be, we all look forward to the new experiences we will have. 


Naugatuck is launching their distance learning program on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020. Your child’s teacher will reach out tomorrow with information about classroom codes and accessing the Google Classroom. Our school day for virtual learners begins at 8:30 a.m. with a morning message in their virtual classrooms. Students will have scheduled small group instruction between 8:45 a.m. and 11:15 a..m. with their teachers as well as time to independently complete assignments. 


Students will have live group instruction through Google Meet with their Unified Arts teacher from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. every day. 


Lunch will be from 12:15 to 12:45. The afternoon will consist of independent work, time to complete classwork, and possibly scheduled time with teachers in small groups. 


This plan will be in effect until Oct. 2, 2020. The district will be monitoring health data and information from the state and may make changes to its schedules. 


There will not be an in-person Open House this year. Instead teachers are preparing a virtual tour for you to view. They are scheduled to be posted by September 10, 2020 for you to watch at your convenience. Teachers will also have a document in their classroom where you can post questions. They will reply to your questions by the next day. 


Each teacher will develop a schedule for your child that will include times of live group meetings and times where your child will be completing independent work. Distance learning will be flexible, but students are expected to report to their live instructional groups at the designated times. 


Attendance

Attendance will be taken in the live group meetings. A child will be marked present if they attend their live group meetings for the day. If a child does not attend all of their live group meets, they will be marked tardy. If a child does not attend any live group sessions for the day, they will be marked absent from school by the end of the day. 


Your child’s home school will follow up on the absence. District attendance policies and guidelines will be in effect. 


If you know your child will not attend school, please contact your home school. School staff will log all absences and parent-supplied reasons so that the nurse is aware of the illness-related absence using the questions below.

  • State the name and grade of your child
  • Does the child have a fever?
  • What symptoms do they have?
  • Does the parent have any other concerns they want to report?
  • Will the child be going to the doctor’s office?

The nurse will follow up with a phone call to discuss more information as needed. Please provide the best number for the nurse to call. Information about absences will be recorded in an area in Powerschool that is HIPAA compliant. The nurse will use this information to determine if a follow up call needs to be made. 


School Supplies

Our students will need notebooks, pencils, pens, colored pencils, crayons, erasers, scissors, Post-It Notes, index cards, glue sticks, and highlighters. Your child’s classroom teacher will provide more information. If you need assistance gathering school supplies, please contact your classroom teacher or your home school principal. 


Schedule


Getting Ready for the Day

8:30 a.m.

Morning message from your child’s teacher with an overview of the day

Live small group instruction

9:15 to 11:15 p.m.

Teachers will schedule your child for 20-30 minute live small group instruction. This will include:

  • Humanities
  • Reading
  • Math and Science
  • Unified Arts: Art, Music, Physical Education and Library/Media

Unified Arts Class

11:15 to 11:45 p.m. 

Your child’s virtual classroom will have a scheduled class in Art, Music, Physical Education, Health, or Library/Media. 

Work time

12:45 to 1:15 p.m.

Independent work/outdoor time/activity time

1:15 to 2 p.m.

Independent work. 

Live instruction OR independent work

2 to 2:55 p.m. 

Possible small group instruction or independent time: 

  • Complete daily work.
  • Reading time
  • Book Clubs

Teacher will be setting up a schedule for your child. Assignments will be posted in your child’s Google Classroom. Please visit this web site to learn more about Distance Learning, how to use Google, and what to do if your child experiences ChromeBook issues.  


Distance learning teachers will coordinate with your child’s home school to ensure they have the proper tools for learning.


The faculty and staff of Naugatuck Public Schools are excited to offer your child a caring, safe environment for learning and a curriculum which challenges each student to learn, succeed and develop unique talents and interests.  We value your child as an individual and we will develop their knowledge, skills and talents with care, kindness and meaningful feedback. We ask for your daily support in encouraging your child to read, complete assignments and come to their small group meetings prepared to engage in their learning.  


Please make sure to read the letter sent to you by your child’s home school principal for information. Your child’s teacher will communicate with you shortly. You can visit our Distance Learning Family Portal for information about the technology used in our programming. 


We look forward to a successful educational partnership with you.


Best,

Caroline Messenger

Dear Naugatuck Public Schools Distance Learning Families:


Welcome back!  I am excited for the 2020 - 2021 school year. I know it has been a summer like no other  - a year like no other. So much remains uncertain, and I hope you were able to find some time to rest, relax, and enjoy time with friends and family safely.  Today, you will discover who your child’s teacher will be, we all look forward to the new experiences we will have. 


Naugatuck is launching their distance learning program on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020. Our school day for virtual learners begins at 9 a.m. with a morning message in their virtual classrooms. Your child’s classroom teacher will reach out shortly with a class code for joining the Google Classroom. Students will have scheduled small group instruction between 9:15 a.m. and 11:30 a..m. with their teachers as well as time to independently complete assignments. Lunch will be from 12:15 to 12:45. The afternoon will consist of independent work on a special area subject like Art, Music, Physical Education and Library/Media. It will also consist of independent time to complete classwork, and possibly scheduled time with teachers in small groups. 


This plan will be in effect until Oct. 2, 2020. The district will be monitoring health data and information from the state and may make changes to its schedules. 


There will not be an in-person Open House this year. Instead teachers are preparing a virtual tour for you to view. They are scheduled to be posted by September 10, 2020 for you to watch at your convenience. Teachers will also have a document in their classroom where you can post questions. They will reply to your questions by the next day. 


Each teacher will develop a schedule for your child that will include times of live group meetings and times where your child will be completing independent work. Distance learning will be flexible, but students are expected to report to their live instructional groups at the designated times. 


Attendance

Attendance will be taken in the live group meetings. A child will be marked present if they attend their live group meetings for the day. If a child does not attend all of their live group meets, they will be marked tardy. If a child does not attend any live group sessions for the day, they will be marked absent from school by the end of the day. 


Your child’s home school will follow up on the absence. District attendance policies and guidelines will be in effect. 


If you know your child will not attend school, please contact your home school. School staff will log all absences and parent-supplied reasons so that the nurse is aware of the illness-related absence using the questions below.

  • State the name and grade of your child
  • Does the child have a fever?
  • What symptoms do they have?
  • Does the parent have any other concerns they want to report?
  • Will the child be going to the doctor’s office?

The nurse will follow up with a phone call to discuss more information as needed. Please provide the best number for the nurse to call. Information about absences will be recorded in an area in Powerschool that is HIPAA compliant. The nurse will use this information to determine if a follow up call needs to be made. 


School Supplies

Our students will need notebooks, pencils, pens, colored pencils, crayons, erasers, scissors, Post-It Notes, index cards, glue sticks, and highlighters. Your child’s classroom teacher will provide more information. If you need assistance gathering school supplies, please contact your classroom teacher or your home school principal. 


Schedule


Getting Ready for the Day

9 a.m.

Morning message from your child’s teacher with an overview of the day

Live small group instruction

9:15 to 12:15 p.m.

Teachers will schedule your child for 20-30 minute live small group instruction. This will include:

  • Humanities
  • Reading
  • Math and Science
  • Unified Arts: Art, Music, Physical Education and Library/Media

Independent time

12:15 to 12:45 p.m. 

Lunch

Work time

12:45 to 1:15 p.m.

Independent work/outdoor time/activity time

1:15 to 2 p.m.

Independent work on Unified Arts daily. Classroom teachers will schedule a Unified Art to be completed daily. 

Live instruction OR independent work

2 to 3:25 p.m. 

Possible small group instruction or independent time to complete daily work 


Teacher will be setting up a schedule for your child. Assignments will be posted in your child’s Google Classroom. Please visit this web site to learn more about Distance Learning, how to use Google, and what to do if your child experiences ChromeBook issues. 


Distance learning teachers will coordinate with your child’s home school to ensure they have the proper tools for learning.


The faculty and staff of Naugatuck Public Schools are excited to offer your child a caring, safe environment for learning and a curriculum which challenges each student to learn, succeed and develop unique talents and interests.  We value your child as an individual and we will develop their knowledge, skills and talents with care, kindness and meaningful feedback. We ask for your daily support in encouraging your child to read, complete assignments and come to their small group meetings prepared to engage in their learning.  


Please make sure to read the letter sent to you by your child’s home school principal for information. Your child’s teacher will communicate with you shortly. You can visit our Distance Learning Family Portal for information about the technology used in our programming. 


We look forward to a successful educational partnership with you.

 

Best,

Caroline Messenger

Good afternoon Parents and Guardians,

I hope this message finds you and your family well and without significant damage from the storm. Unfortunately, I know many of you remain without power (we just got ours back yesterday). Today at noon, Eversource indicated that they hope to have power restored to all customers by Tuesday. Hopefully, all will be restored sooner.

Although we considered postponing due to power outages, we have decided to continue with the webinar scheduled for tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. to review the return to school plans for those who have access. We will record the webinar and post it on the website for those of you who are unable to attend.

The link to register for the Zoom webinar is listed below. You'll have to register for the webinar with your name and an email address. Once you register, you'll be prompted to download Zoom (it's free) on your device. Because of this, it's best to register in advance of the meeting.

In addition, we've started a Frequently Asked Questions page to our website that be accessed from the Return to School button.

In partnership,

Christopher Montini
Superintendent of Schools

Zoom Webinar Information:

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Aug 8, 2020 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Return to School Webinar for Parents and Guardians

Register in advance for this webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PsOTQmnuR6uYF7fXNmNQFA

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Dear Naugatuck Public School Community,

As you are aware, Naugatuck Public Schools submitted our  2020-2021 Return to School Plan to the CT State Department of Education.  This plan was written in alignment with the CSDE’s requirements and guidelines per Adapt, Advance, Achieve: CT’s Plan to Learn and Grow Together. Soon after, Governor Lamont and Commissioner Cardona announced district flexibility on reopening schools in the fall and issued additional guidance that stresses school density in addition to COVID-19 case prevalence in determining reopening plans. In light of this newfound flexibility, we developed Alternate Return to School Plans that are not yet included in the plan linked above.  

I write to you today to share our current plans for the reopening of school in September.  It’s important to remember, however, that all plans are fluid and can change at any time, including in the weeks leading up to the start of the school year.  

The reopening plans described below were developed for the month of September to address:
  • The transition back to school after the closure
  • Heat throughout the first month of school
  • Avoiding eating, to the extent possible, in school
  • Increasing mask-wearing stamina
  • Building the capacity of in-person and virtual learning in preparation for all plans
  • Maximizing and prioritizing in-person learning for our youngest students and those with specialized learning needs
  • The density/enrollment of our large schools
 

Return to School Plan for Students in Grades K-6 & Possibly 7-8 through October 2, 2020

As of August 4, 2020, students in our elementary and intermediate schools (and possibly middle school) will return to in-person learning, Monday through Friday, 5 days a week following an early dismissal schedule. Students will attend in-person in the morning, receive a bagged lunch to take home to eat, travel home, and participate in online learning from home in the afternoon.  
 

Return to School Plan for Students in Grades 9-12 & Possibly 7-8 through October 2, 2020

As of August 4, 2020, our high school (and possibly middle school) students will return to a hybrid model of in-person learning two days a week following an early dismissal schedule and three full days of online learning from home.  Students will attend in-person learning in the morning on either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday following an early dismissal schedule, will receive a bagged lunch to take home to eat, will travel home, and will participate in online learning from home in the afternoon. Students will participate in online learning from home on Fridays and the two days they are not participating in in-person learning.   

At the end of September, we will evaluate and determine the best model moving forward based on the COVID-19 transmission and prevalence data.  In addition, we will be monitoring data on an ongoing basis to determine if there is a need to change plans prior to the start of school. Class size and teacher workforce are two important data points that impact our ability to implement our return to school plans. Updated information regarding these important data points may be cause for K-6 students to begin in the Hybrid Plan for Students in Grades 9-12 described above or conversely may enable students in grades 9-12 to begin following the K-6 plan described above. We are still determining which of the aforementioned two plans our middle schoolers will follow in September. We will communicate with families regarding these decisions and any changes as soon as possible.  
 

Webinars for Parents and Staff

On Saturday, August 8, 2020, from 2-3 p.m. we will host a webinar for parents to review our return to school plans, garner feedback, and answer questions. The webinar will be recorded and posted on the website for parents who are unable to attend. More information regarding the webinar will be sent on Friday, August 7, 2020. We will host a separate webinar for staff members on Friday, August 7, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.

Before and After Care

We are currently working with Spark and the YMCA regarding opportunities on and off-site for before and after school care. Our goal is to have either a school-based or off-site option for parents for each of our K-6 schools. We hope to provide more information early next week.
 

Choosing Online Learning from Home or Returning to In-Person Learning

As you know, parents and guardians can choose to have their children participate in online learning from home. In order to prepare for the return to school, we ask that every parent and guardian complete the enrollment form linked below by August 11, 2020, to indicate your choice for the 2020-2021 school year. We have received many questions regarding switching from in-person to online from home and vice-versa once a family has indicated their choice. In order to run two concurrent models effectively, we ask that families who choose online learning from home commit to staying online for the trimester (K-8) or marking period (9-12).  

Update 8/17/20: The 2020-2021 Enrollment Form is no longer active. If you have not yet filled it out or need to change your response, please email your school principal or secretary.

Please know that every decision we are making is done with the health, safety, and well-being of our students and faculty in mind.

In partnership,

Christopher Montini
Superintendent of Schools
Dear Naugatuck Public School Community,

On Friday, July 24, 2020 Naugatuck Public Schools submitted our  2020-2021 Return to School Plan to the CT State Department of Education.  This plan was written in alignment with the CSDE’s requirements and guidelines per Adapt, Advance, Achieve: CT’s Plan to Learn and Grow Together.  

The 2020-2021 Return to School Plan has been posted on our district website. The comprehensive plan includes the following components required by the CSDE:

  • A plan for all students to return to classroom learning in school buildings at the start of the school year;
  • A plan for distance learning for any students who choose to continue to learn online from home at the start of the school year;
  • A hybrid plan where students participate in a combination of online learning at home and in-person learning in schools;
  • A plan for improved distance learning for all students in the event that it becomes necessary to close school buildings again.

On Monday, July 27, 2020, Governor Lamont and Commissioner Cardona announced district flexibility on reopening schools in the fall. The State Department of Education and the Naugatuck Public Schools are currently committed to a full return to school but recognize that this is subject to change based on COVID-19 transmission data and the newfound flexibility. Over the next month, we will communicate our plans for the return to school as they develop or change.

We are currently preparing virtual presentations for staff and families to review our plan. More information regarding the virtual presentations will follow in the days to come.

In partnership,

Christopher Montini
Superintendent of Schools
Dear Naugatuck Public School Community,

It is an honor and a privilege to begin serving Naugatuck’s students and families as the Superintendent of Schools. I have been fortunate to grow up, attend school, and for the last 21 years, work in this special community as a teacher and administrator.

Despite the unique circumstances, we find ourselves in, our mission and vision as a school district remain the same - to ensure that each and every student in each and
every class develops into the Vision of the Graduate through engagement in rigorous academic experiences with social and emotional support, care, and guidance.

I look forward to working with the dedicated and caring faculty, staff, and Board of Education who are committed to working tirelessly to make the aforementioned mission and vision a reality for all of our students - whether we are back in our schools, learning online from home, or a combination of both. As we prepare for the 2020-2021 school year, we would like to share the state guidelines for reopening and ask that you take a short survey to let us know your intentions for the return to school.

On June 29, 2020, the CT State Department of Education released the Guidelines for Returning to School for the 2020-2021 school year (click the link to see the guidelines in full). The NPS leadership team is busy working on developing several plans for the return to school. We’ve established a Return to School Committee composed of administrators, teachers, and parents to help develop the plans. Our plans will include:

  • A plan for all students to return to classroom learning in school buildings at the start of the school year;
  • A plan for improved distance learning for all students in the event that it becomes necessary to close school buildings again;
  • A plan for improved distance learning for any students who choose to continue to learn online from home at the start of the school year;
  • A hybrid plan where students participate in a combination of online learning at home and in-person learning in schools.
The CT Guidelines currently allow for school districts to plan for the return of all students to in-person classroom learning every day. The guidelines are based on Connecticut's current COVID-19 data. The sacrifices that people in Naugatuck and throughout the state have made, the serious approach towards physical distancing, and the selfless commitment to wearing masks have helped to flatten the curve and lower the rates of infection. However, it is important to note that the way that education is provided this year depends on the infection data. If an outbreak occurs, we must be prepared to quickly transition to distance learning or a hybrid approach. As we develop our plans for a healthy and safe return to school, we must continue to take COVID-19 seriously so that we can increase our chances of staying in school while doing our part to stop the spread.

We are still in the beginning stages of the development of our return to school plans. We will communicate and share our plans with you as they are developed over the course of the next few weeks. In the meantime, we’ve included the state guidelines for your review and share with you the following aspects of our plan based on the
guidelines:
  1. Cohorting - Students in our elementary and intermediate schools will stay as a group, or cohort, while in school with the same group of students and teacher. Each team will function as independently as possible. We are currently working to determine the extent to which we are able to place students in cohorts for grades 7-12.
  2. Face Coverings - All staff and students will be expected to wear a protective face covering or face mask that completely covers the nose and mouth when inside the school building, with a few exceptions for health reasons. We will plan for “mask breaks” throughout the day. When possible, classes may utilize outdoor spaces for learning which may provide opportunities for students and staff, if physically distanced appropriately, to remove their masks.
  3. Social Distancing - NPS will consider the public health guidelines while maximizing physical distancing for students and staff in one place at the same time. Classroom desks and tables will be separated to provide for as much space as is feasible within the school building.
  4. Transportation - At this point, the guidelines allow for buses to operate close to capacity with heightened health and safety protocols, including requiring all students and operators to wear face coverings.
  5. Increased cleaning and sanitizing - Cleaning and sanitizing schedules have been developed in accordance with recommendations from the CDC and the Department of Public Health. Cleaning logs have been developed to ensure cleaning protocols are completed with fidelity.
  6. Choice - Currently, parents and guardians can choose for their children to return to classroom learning in school buildings or for their children to learn online from home. 
In working to develop our plans prior to July 24, we can better design our programs by knowing how many students will participate. We ask that all parents and guardians take this survey by July 17 to help us develop our return to school plans. Your responses are not final. Families will have an opportunity to read our plans in full to make an informed decision in early August. In the meantime, it is important that you share your thoughts with us now so that we can plan accordingly.

We realize that many things are left unanswered and you likely have many questions. Please know that every decision we are making is done with the health, safety, and well-being of our students and faculty in mind.

2020-2021 School Year Survey

In partnership,
Christopher Montini
Superintendent of Schools

Stokes Counseling

We have expanded our team and hours to accommodate the needs of the community during this difficult time.  Weekend and evening appointments are available! We are meeting with our clients using a HIPAA secured platform so clients will be able to video chat with us for their sessions.

We take most major insurances including Anthem, Aetna, Cigna, UnitedHealthcare, Connecticare, and Husky/Medicaid.  

Our office can be reached at 203-729-0341 or via email stokescounseling@live.com with questions and/or new appointments!

Offices are closed but help is available!

Wellmoreo contact us you may use the methods below


Wellmore Behavioral Health

Please be sure to leave the full name and date of birth of the person you are concerned about.

We will attempt to respond to messages and emails during the hours of 9 am – 5 pm, 7 days a week. It may take more than 24 hours to respond to your call or email.

For child services call: 203-756-7287 or email child@wellmore.org

For adult services call: 203-755-1143 or email adult@wellmore.org

Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services

For a child in crisis, dial 2-1-1

For an adult in crisis, dial 1-866-794-0021


United Way

For assistance with food, housing, healthcare, etc...dial 2-1-1 or visit www.211ct.org