Based on guidance from New York State, the CDC and our medical consultant, Dr. Sharon Nachman, we have developed health and safety protocols built around five key components:
A) Commitment to Mandated and Recommended Health Guidelines
NSHA as an institution, as well as every individual school family, must abide by guidelines provided by New York State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We must partner together to protect the safety of our students, faculty, families and communities. NSHA reserves the right to remove any student, faculty member or family from in-person learning based on behaviors deemed to be presenting risk to our NSHA community.
B) Mask Requirement for Students, Faculty and Essential Visitors
Wearing masks has been identified by the CDC as “one of the most powerful weapons we have to slow and stop the spread of the virus – particularly when used universally within a community setting.”
C) Student and Faculty Health Screenings
D) Protocols for Possible and Confirmed COVID-19 Exposure
NSHA will follow all local and State mandates related to COVID exposure. We will work closely with our medical consultant Dr. Sharon Nachman for any case by case questions and we reserve the right to amend NSHA policies. Please review the detailed policies regarding illness, fever and possible and confirmed COVID-19 cases and exposure located in the COVID Addendum of the Parent and Student Handbook.
E) Cleanliness and Hygiene
A) Physical Changes to our Campuses
NSHA has invested in livestreaming resources to provide a robust remote-learning program. Any faculty member who has a student engaging in remote learning will utilize a newly installed system of classroom web and audio streaming devices which will stream the teacher, smartboard and any shared screens to the student at home. The classroom’s assistant teacher will monitor the livestream to ensure that students at home may interact effectively with the head/assistant teacher and the student’s classmates to ask questions, participate etc.
A) Remote Learning by Family Choice or Health Safety
We expect that some families may choose to engage primarily in remote learning and that some students with underlying health concerns may choose not to attend school in person either in the short or long term. Such families should notify NSHA Administration no later than August 17th so that those students’ teachers can arrange for materials to be sent directly to the child’s home and orient the child to his/her new teachers, schedule etc. for remote learning.
B) Remote Learning While a Student is Home Due to COVID+ Test, Exposure or Any Illness
A student must remain at home and will maintain continuity of learning remotely if he/she:
C) Remote Learning In the Event of School/Classroom Closure
Should we experience a class, campus or school-wide closure as mandated by the State, Department of Health or advised by our medical consultant, NSHA will convert to full remote learning within a 24-hour time period. Schedules and protocols will be shared to allow for continuity of learning within that time period.
A) Responsibility Outside of School
Our ability to continue in-person learning is dependent on our actions as a community both inside and outside of school. Families must abide by all CDC, local and State guidelines outside of school including, but not limited to:
NSHA reserves the right to remove from in-person learning any family who is observed by the school to be violating CDC, local and/or state guidelines.
B) Travel Advisory and Mandatory Quarantine
C) School Visitors
Parents will not be permitted to visit any of our three campuses at any time. All parent meetings with teachers and/or administrators will be conducted via Zoom. Parents who are picking up students will be met at their car by a security guard. There will be no exceptions to this policy. For the safety of our security personnel and our students/teachers, do not exit your car or attempt to enter any of our buildings.
The following updates have been made to the site or school policy:
October 16, 2020: Various updates were made to our health policies for grades T-8 including:
To read the updates, please review the communication emailed to T-8 parents on October 20th.
October 13, 2020:
September 13, 2020:
August 16, 2020:
November 3, 2020 – Lower School: Important Update to Covid Testing Policy
October 8, 2020 – COVID Test – Appointment Scheduling Information for Students
October 6, 2020 – Early Childhood: Change to Pre-K and Kindergarten Mask Policy
October 5, 2020 – Lower School: Updates to the Daily Health Screening Questionnaire
September 17, 2020 – Lower School: Important Guidelines for the Chagim and Throughout the Year
September 13, 2020 – Lower School: Letter from the NSHA Health Office
August 26, 2020 – Lower School Parent-Student Handbook with COVID Addendum
August 16, 2020 – Lower School Transportation Survey
August 16, 2020 – COVID Testing Before School Re-Opening
July 21, 2020 – COVID-19 Travel Advisory and Flu Vaccine Policy