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Distance Learning for Grades 5-6

Dear Naugatuck Public Schools Distance Learning Families:

Welcome back!  I am excited for the 2020 - 2021 school year. I know it has been a summer like no other  - a year like no other. So much remains uncertain, and I hope you were able to find some time to rest, relax, and enjoy time with friends and family safely.  Today, you will discover who your child’s teacher will be, we all look forward to the new experiences we will have. 

Naugatuck is launching their distance learning program on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020. Your child’s teacher will reach out tomorrow with information about classroom codes and accessing the Google Classroom. Our school day for virtual learners begins at 8:30 a.m. with a morning message in their virtual classrooms. Students will have scheduled small group instruction between 8:45 a.m. and 11:15 a..m. with their teachers as well as time to independently complete assignments. 

Students will have live group instruction through Google Meet with their Unified Arts teacher from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. every day. 

Lunch will be from 12:15 to 12:45. The afternoon will consist of independent work, time to complete classwork, and possibly scheduled time with teachers in small groups. 

This plan will be in effect until Oct. 2, 2020. The district will be monitoring health data and information from the state and may make changes to its schedules. 

There will not be an in-person Open House this year. Instead teachers are preparing a virtual tour for you to view. They are scheduled to be posted by September 10, 2020 for you to watch at your convenience. Teachers will also have a document in their classroom where you can post questions. They will reply to your questions by the next day. 

Each teacher will develop a schedule for your child that will include times of live group meetings and times where your child will be completing independent work. Distance learning will be flexible, but students are expected to report to their live instructional groups at the designated times.


Attendance will be taken in the live group meetings. A child will be marked present if they attend their live group meetings for the day. If a child does not attend all of their live group meets, they will be marked tardy. If a child does not attend any live group sessions for the day, they will be marked absent from school by the end of the day. 

Your child’s home school will follow up on the absence. District attendance policies and guidelines will be in effect. 

If you know your child will not attend school, please contact your home school. School staff will log all absences and parent-supplied reasons so that the nurse is aware of the illness-related absence using the questions below.

  • State the name and grade of your child
  • Does the child have a fever?
  • What symptoms do they have?
  • Does the parent have any other concerns they want to report?
  • Will the child be going to the doctor’s office?

The nurse will follow up with a phone call to discuss more information as needed. Please provide the best number for the nurse to call. Information about absences will be recorded in an area in Powerschool that is HIPAA compliant. The nurse will use this information to determine if a follow up call needs to be made. 

School Supplies

Our students will need notebooks, pencils, pens, colored pencils, crayons, erasers, scissors, Post-It Notes, index cards, glue sticks, and highlighters. Your child’s classroom teacher will provide more information. If you need assistance gathering school supplies, please contact your classroom teacher or your home school principal. 


Getting Ready for the Day

8:30 a.m.

Morning message from your child’s teacher with an overview of the day

Live small group instruction

9:15 to 11:15 p.m.

Teachers will schedule your child for 20-30 minute live small group instruction. This will include:

  • Humanities
  • Reading
  • Math and Science
  • Unified Arts: Art, Music, Physical Education and Library/Media

Unified Arts Class

11:15 to 11:45 p.m. 

Your child’s virtual classroom will have a scheduled class in Art, Music, Physical Education, Health, or Library/Media. 

Work time

12:45 to 1:15 p.m.

Independent work/outdoor time/activity time

1:15 to 2 p.m.

Independent work. 

Live instruction OR independent work

2 to 2:55 p.m. 

Possible small group instruction or independent time: 

  • Complete daily work.
  • Reading time
  • Book Clubs

Teacher will be setting up a schedule for your child. Assignments will be posted in your child’s Google Classroom. Please visit this web site to learn more about Distance Learning, how to use Google, and what to do if your child experiences ChromeBook issues.  

Distance learning teachers will coordinate with your child’s home school to insure they have the proper tools for learning. 

The faculty and staff of Naugatuck Public Schools are excited to offer your child a caring, safe environment for learning and a curriculum which challenges each student to learn, succeed and develop unique talents and interests.  We value your child as an individual and we will develop their knowledge, skills and talents with care, kindness and meaningful feedback. We ask for your daily support in encouraging your child to read, complete assignments and come to their small group meetings prepared to engage in their learning.  

Please make sure to read the letter sent to you by your child’s home school principal for information. Your child’s teacher will communicate with you shortly. You can visit our Distance Learning Family Portal for information about the technology used in our programming. 

We look forward to a successful educational partnership with you.


Caroline Messenger