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Side by Side Charter School is seeking donations for the purpose of assisting other SBS families facing significant hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  100% of all donations made to Side by Side Charter School during this period will be used to provide support to those families. 

Thank you.

Over the summer, Side by Side Charter School formed a committee of diverse stakeholders in order to plan our re-opening for the 2020-2021 school year.

Click here to view our Fall 2020 Re-Opening Plan that we have prepared as required by the Connecticut State Department of Education or click here for the Spanish version.

Click here to view our revised 2020-21 School Year Calendar.

Please fill out the family school re-opening survey asap to help us plan for the fall: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/backstoschoolsbs

Complete la encuesta de reapertura de la escuela familiar lo antes posible para ayudarnos a planificar el otoño: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/snsencuesta

A Spanish translation of our reopening plan will be posted shortly.
La traducción al español de nuestro plan de reapertura llegará pronto.

Please use this link for some helpful information for Norwalk families from the city's health department. 

This site provides information about many services available including food distribution.

Check the site frequently as updates are consistently added.


Side by Side is a regional public charter school located in the heart of downtown South Norwalk. As specified in our charter, our integrated student population reflects the diversity of our surrounding community. The 235 students of Side by Side, grades Pre-K through 8th, represent several surrounding Connecticut towns and cities.

Like all charter schools, Side by Side functions independently from any local or traditional public school system. At Side by Side, our innovative approaches toward education allow us to actively and equally involve parents, teachers, and students in our day-to-day operations.

March 20, 2020

Dear Side by Side Families:

During this unexpected closure our objective will continue to be to best provide an adequate level of teaching and learning opportunities to your children while dealing with these unplanned circumstances.  The Side by Side staff and I will require a purposeful, realistic and balanced level of accountability for all children and families with regards to engaging in the learning activities that we are providing.  Simultaneously, that balanced approach will provide flexibility to all families and will consider the many other hardships and interruptions that you are managing. 

Lastly, I would like to remind all parents, guardians and staff to please consider the perspective of all that is happening through the lens of a child.   These are unprecedented times and circumstances. I share in your anxiousness, nervousness and uncertainty.  But please remember that our children see this.  For them it is worse.  They rely on our strength, support and reassurance that things will be alright.   Talk about COVID-19, and certainly remind your children about safe practices to avoid spreading it.  But at the same time, turn off the TV.  Take away the iphone.  Go for a walk outside. Smile and remind your kids to do the same.  Together, we WILL get through this.


Mr. Nittoly