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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