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We are 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.

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Dear Side by Side Families:

I hope you are enjoying your summer break!  As we prepare for the start to the new school year, I have some important information to share.

SBS Faculty and Staff
We are excited to announce that all of our classroom teachers will be returning for the 2021-22 school year.  In addition, we will again be welcoming a cohort of Quinnipiac University Resident Interns who will be working and student-teaching in our classrooms.

We are also pleased to report the return of Art as a regular “special” class for all students PreK-8 at Side by Side.  At this time, we are still in the process of hiring a new Art teacher for the 2021-22 school year.  Please stay tuned for additional information coming soon.

A Safe Return to School & Continuity of Services Plan 2021-2022
As we prepare for the start of the 2021- 2022 school year, Side by Side Charter School is committed to implementing a reopen plan that is responsive to the needs of our school community. In particular, as we prepare for a full, in-person re-opening, we will also be attending to maintaining a safe and healthy learning environment. As you know, in the fall of 2020 Side by Side put enhanced health and safety precautions in place in accordance with federal, state and local public health guidelines.  When we reopen this fall, we will maintain many of the systems and protocols that help keep us safe during the 2020-2021 school year.  Currently, we are planning for a full return to in-person learning for all, while adhering to any ongoing local, state and federal requirements. This is consistent with the approach we took during the 2020-21 school year.

In-Person Learning Model
Beginning in August 2021, Side by Side Charter School will continue with a full “in-person” learning model.

Drop-Off and Pick-Up
The general procedure for morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up will remain the same as in the past.

Parents please make note- the Norwalk PD has notified the school that tickets will be issued for any vehicles not following the required laws for child restraint seats

Bus transportation will continue to be provided by Norwalk Public Schools ONLY to K-8 enrolled students at Side by Side.  (PreK students may not ride the buses).  Masks must be worn by all students riding the bus.

Parent Forum on Wednesday, August 25 @ 6pm
We will be holding virtual parent forum using Google Meeting on Wed. 8/25 at 6pm.  This meeting will be an open forum for any parent who wishes to attend.  We will discuss the re-opening of school for the 2021-22 school year and will address the mask mandate as well as any other CDC or CT State Department of Education recommended COVID restrictions.

If your child is newly enrolled at Side by Side, please make sure all your paperwork is completed and returned before the first day of school.  No child will be allowed to start school without up to date medical forms (completed by your child’s physician) and any other student related information forms.  Also, it is very important that you inform the school of any changes in your address, phone number or contact information.  We need to be able to contact you at all times. 

We are looking forward to the new school year with you and your children.  Enjoy the remainder of your summer. If we can be of any further assistance before returning in August, please don’t hesitate to call me at extension 133 or via e-mail.

Very Truly Yours,

Matthew Nittoly
Executive Director