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Norwalk schools going remote Thursday

The school buses are slated to stop rolling through Norwalk on Thursday.

NORWALK, Conn. — All of Norwalk’s public-schoolchildren are switching to  remote learning Thursday and staying out of school until Jan. 4.

Norwalk Public Schools, in a statement, attributed this to a coming snowstorm and the timing of the holidays. NPS said:

“As you may know, a major, early season snowstorm is likely to impact our area beginning late Wednesday.

“As a result, to give families and staff time to plan in advance, Norwalk Public Schools will temporarily switch to full remote learning for all schools beginning Thursday, December 17. All schools and offices will return to in-person instruction on Monday, January 4.

“With the arrival of the expected storm, combined with a short holiday week and early dismissal next week, we believe this option will be the best way to provide consistency for families and staff. By planning to return January 4, students and staff can make sure that they have all the necessary devices and materials with them at the end of the day Wednesday. School and office staff will be working remotely as well to make sure that classes and operations continue without interruption.

“While this storm is not expected to bring significant power outages, we will continue to monitor the storm’s track over the coming days. If there are any changes, we will alert everyone through our usual channels.

“We understand that this has been a stressful and uncertain time in Norwalk and our country. We know that it has been difficult for families to manage the COVID transitions since Thanksgiving between in-person and remote learning, and that the potential of weather-related closures will add to the challenges. We hope that this decision will help provide some predictability for all as we enter the holidays.

“We wish you and your families a joyful holiday and happy New Year.”

Last week, NPS switched seven schools to remote learning due to COVID-19 infections. NPS said it didn’t have enough staff available to operate the buildings.

All of Norwalk’s high schools had been on remote learning and returned to school Monday.

5 comments

NiZ December 14, 2020 at 3:31 pm

wait SpEd kids need to be get specialized services this cannot apply to all?! with temp checks, masks and distancing there should be NO ISSUE.

Jeff December 15, 2020 at 7:34 pm

Exactly. My son is SpEd and thank goodness he’s been in school every day so far, his school has been great. He doesn’t learn a thing from home, he just doesn’t get the additional help that he does in school and my wife and I are not sure how to help him the way the aides do.
Let’s not be naive here, this is a total union power play to get the schools to close. They announced this Monday! When have they ever prepared to close schools 2 days before a potential storm. And then they decided it would be a good idea just to call it a wrap and close to January, losing 4 more days assuming this Thursday was going to be a snow day. Up until this point, I thought NPS was doing a good job with this but they should be embarrassed with this decision. It reaks of succumbing to union influence and NOT what’s best for the students.

Norwalk Taxpayer December 15, 2020 at 8:52 pm

Keep. The. Schools. Open.

Stop this madness we are going to crush our local economy for a virus that isnt even that bad? I know there are vulnerable older folks suffering but the rest of the economy needs to keep moving.

The CDCs own data shows COVID is not that deadly
age 0-19 have a 99.99% survival rate. Send the kids back to school
ages 70+ 94.6% survival rate, shelter at home if you are concerned.

Keep. The. Schools. Open.

NiZ December 16, 2020 at 3:56 pm

So the stats include deaths from influenza or pneumonia even if not diagnosed with COVID at time of death. CDC had to own up to that recently.

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