UPDATED - Important Information Regarding Nonnewaug High School

 

 

Good Afternoon,

Our contact tracing has concluded. Any affected individuals have been contacted.  If you have NOT been contacted, then there is nothing further you need to do. Thank you very much for your cooperation.

Dr. Joseph A. Olzacki

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Dear Parents, Guardians and Friends of Region 14,

A student at Nonnewaug High School has tested positive for COVID 19.  After consultation with the Pomperaug and Torrington Health Districts we have decided to cancel in-person classes at Nonnewaug High School and move to remote learning for the next 3 school days - (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday). We are doing this out of an abundance of caution so that we can, once again, deep clean the building. This change will take effect immediately. Students are expected to log on and participate in their classes. All high school staff should work from home to support and direct student learning.

The closure affects all Nonnewaug High School programming, including before- and after-school activities, all athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions. Contact tracing is underway and you will be contacted IF there is any concern. We cannot provide you with the name of the student due to privacy laws.

Please Note:  Meals for students will continue to be available for pick-up at Nonnewaug High School - please drive around the back of the school and go to the patio doors to pick up the boxed lunch. Lunch will available from 10:30am to 1:00pm.

Region 14 teachers and staff have been preparing remote learning plans for our students. If you have any questions, please contact Principal Pam Sordi.

COVID-19 is spread mainly via person-to-person contact through contaminated air droplets from coughing and sneezing by an infected person. As with controlling the spread of other viruses, we urge everyone to take and speak to your children about the following preventive measures:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Below is the list of COVID-19 symptoms for which everyone should monitor in their family members:

  • Fever (100.4° Fahrenheit or higher)
  • Chills or shaking chills
  • Uncontrolled new cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • New loss of taste or smell

For additional information on COVID-19 symptoms, please see:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

Staff and students exhibiting any of the above symptoms, or feeling ill, should remain home, call their medical provider to report their symptoms and ask about testing prior to seeking in-person care at a clinic, physician’s office, or hospital.

For more information on what to do if you or a family member has possible symptoms, a diagnosis, or exposure to COVID-19, please see Addendum 5: Interim Guidance for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios in Connecticut School Districts, available here:

https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/COVID19/COVID-19-Resources-for-Families-and-Educators/Addendums-and-FAQs

We are closely monitoring this situation and working with the Pomperaug and Torrington Health Districts and will provide you with updates as we know more. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or the staff at NHS.

Sincerely,

Dr. Joseph A. Olzacki

Superintendent of Schools