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Superintendent Ritchie's Communication 10-26-20

Dear New London Public Schools Families: 
I hope that you and your family are well. It is wonderful to be engaging with students, whether they are learning in Hybrid or full-time Distance Learning models. The social-emotional, health and safety, and academic needs of all continue to be our focus. Please find important district highlights below. 

Hybrid Model to Continue: 
As discussed with the Board of Education this past Thursday, New London Public Schools will continue operating in the “in-person” Hybrid Learning Model (yellow) and “at home” Distance Learning (red) Model through November 30th. Parents continue to have a choice for which learning option they wish their child to participate in. At this time, approximately 60% of families have selected the in-person Hybrid Model and 40% have selected the at-home Distance Learning model for their child. 

Continued Focus on Health and Safety: 
The COVID-positive cases our district has had thus far have been minimal and we are grateful for everyone’s due diligence in ensuring safety protocols and mitigation strategies are enacted. Decisions to temporarily close a classroom or a district building are made on a case-by-case basis, in conjunction with the guidance of our district Medical Advisor and leaders of Ledge Light Health District. Please be sure you are signed up to receive emails, phone calls, and text messages through our School Messenger platform as communications are shared with families in this way. School secretaries can assist families with registering and/or updating their School Messenger accounts. 

As fall holidays approach, please continue to implement COVID-19 safety protocols including social distancing, frequent handwashing, and wearing masks. It is also a healthy practice to participate in a free COVID test offered in multiple sites across our community. Everyone’s proactive actions will help keep the community safe. 

District Improvement Plan 
On October 20th, our three-year Strategic Plan, entitled NLPS2021, was presented to the Board of Education. We are excited about the many accomplishments done over the past two years and look forward to continuing the hard work on multiple new goals and initiatives moving ahead. Please take time to review the goals that have been set for this year, as well as celebrate all the work that has already been completed over the first two years of this plan. You can find NLPS’ District Improvement Plan on the district website here

District Subcommittees and Parent Leadership Committees-YOU are INVITED to Co-Serve! 
We are pleased to announce various District Subcommittees that are available for parents and community members to join as well as Parent Leadership Committee opportunities found in each school. Please click here to view a flyer of all available committees and their corresponding meeting dates. Our district is great because of the shared commitment of various constituents that contribute to our over-arching goals, mission, and vision. If you are interested in joining one of these committees, please contact the committee leader listed. We look forward to your valuable input and partnership! 

Whaler Chat: A Deep Focus on Social-Emotional Learning and Supports 
Please click here to view information regarding one of NLPS’ new initiatives, “The Whaler Chat”. During these meetings, parents and guardians can learn about the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum, other school supports for mental and behavioral health, as well as how to support children’s healthy SEL developments at home. We hope that you join us to learn and be partners in these meaningful topics. 

Parent/Teacher Conferences 
Parent/Teacher conferences will be held the afternoon of Friday, October 30 and full day on Tuesday, November 3. Please be reminded that October 30 is a half day for students, and there is no school on November 3. Each school will be distributing more detailed information. If you have any questions regarding the times and procedures for conferences, please contact your child’s teacher or school’s main office. 

NLPS Students of the Month: October 2020 
Our students are AMAZING! We would like to extend our congratulations to all students honored as Students of the Month at the October Board of Education meeting last week. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL and to their families! Please view the slideshow of our honorees here

Important November Dates and Fall Time Change 
It is hard to believe that we are already in week seven of school, and that next month is November! Please remember to turn back your clocks this Sunday and take full advantage of the extra hour this weekend! Please keep in mind the following important dates for the upcoming month: 

  • November 3, 2020 – Election Day, No School for Students 
  • November 11, 2020 – Veterans’ Day, No School 
  • November 25 – November 28, 2020 – Thanksgiving Break, No School 

We as a District continue to be thankful for your partnership as we continue to navigate these unprecedented times together. Please take good care and do not hesitate to reach out should we be able to assist you or your child in any way. 

Superintendent Ritchie