September 28, 2020
Dear Parents and Friends of Region 14:
As promised, the administration met last week to discuss the current hybrid schedule and how our schools might be able to accommodate the move back to a full “all in” day. This was my hope as I would like to create a sense of normalcy for our students. Unfortunately, due to the current Covid19 CDC and state policies and their restrictions, coupled with our space limitations here in the district, we will have to remain with our existing hybrid model for the foreseeable future. This means our teachers will continue to meet and support distance learners each morning before the start of school as well as on Wednesdays. If Covid19 numbers remain stable, we plan to reassess our strategy on November 1st (two months into the academic year) and may begin a phase in for those grade levels where building space safely allows for their return.
The primary motivation for this unanimous decision is directly related to the school cafeterias, which are just too small to accommodate the government’s expectations safely with the number of children that we serve. The Connecticut Department of Public Health and the Connecticut State Department of Education Covid19 guidelines require that students are spaced six feet apart when the mask is removed during lunch breaks, even with the use of plexiglass dividers. We do not have the room necessary to meet the six foot spacing expectations, nor do we have the option for students to eat in their classrooms for hygienic reasons.
Thank you in advance for your continued patience.
Joseph A. Olzacki, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools