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Community Email (9.20.2020)
Community Email (9.20.2020)

Dear Litchfield Public Schools Community,

Sunday greetings, I am writing to share that with all contact tracing completed that the Litchfield Public Schools will return to in person education on Monday, September 21st. This announcement is made after conversation with the Torrington Area Health District (TAHD) and confirmation that there are no positive student, or staff, cases of COVID-19.

I must thank the challenging and weekend work of TAHD (Rob Rubbo and Leslie Polito) along with the LPS Administration (Kristen Della Volpe, Michael Valerio, Ben Storrs, Mike Pascento, Lisa Deltano and Julie Haggard).

I also extend thanks to our staff, students and parents, for the excellent transition to remote learning on Friday. We had incredible student participation and continue to learn about our education capabilities during a pandemic that yields endless challenges.

We also must remember and thank our custodial staff (for their continued support of our facilities) and our technology department (for their dedication to help our school community). A final special thanks to LHS nurse Theresa Simaitis for all of her due diligence and medical guidance.

I know the transition to remote learning is not ideal. Please understand that we take every scenario and factor into consideration before making any decision. Your children, our staff, are considered part of this large family, like my own children, and all decisions in the future will be made with that viewpoint. Our district will never waiver on the safety of our own.

As I wrote on Thursday we were faced with an obstacle. These situations are going to occur in our new world. This is not about perseverating on the obstacle but about how we respond. Today, I am more than proud of everyone's response to the challenge and to know our protocols are working.

We continue to stay healthy, stay strong, and we keep living forward.