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Dear NPS Families,
What a week! While there have been inevitable challenges, I am grateful for the terrific work that so many people have done to ensure that our schools could remain open in a healthy and safe manner.
I knew our dedicated faculty and staff members were ready for the week when over 1000 of them came to Newton City hall in the rain last Sunday on their last day of vacation, where we distributed over 1000 individual test kits. It was also clear to me from our multiple district and principal meetings over the holiday weekend that we were well prepared for a range of staffing scenarios. We have had almost 90% of our staff reporting to work every day this week and have been able to appropriately staff all of our buildings safely and adequately so that important learning can continue.
As the surge continues, it is also essential that we receive the most up to date information from a range of medical experts with a keen understanding of schools. Last night, we had a very productive meeting with our Medical Advisory Group. These medical experts continue to share useful information and we continue to implement their recommendations in our schools. The guidance from last night will be shared with you as quickly as possible.
Thank you for what you are doing to keep our school communities healthy. I am confident that working together, we will get through this moment in the pandemic.
Please stay healthy and safe.
We encourage everyone to consider upgrading their masks, if possible. You may consider trying out higher quality masks such as KN95, N95, KF-94 or surgical masks, which offer higher levels of protection.
IMPORTANT! No mask will be effective if it is not worn properly. The best mask is one that your student can wear comfortably for the entire school day and fits properly on their face. Please ensure your child(ren) understands how to properly and consistently wear a mask, which will reinforce the same messaging we are providing in schools.
A reminder that regardless of vaccination status, all staff and students Pre-K-12 are required to wear a face-covering throughout the day (including on the bus) except while eating, drinking, or outside. The face covering should be well fitting, covering the nose and mouth. Make sure the mask fits snugly against the face. Gaps can let air with respiratory droplets leak in and out around the edges of the mask. Pick a mask with layers to keep your respiratory droplets in and others’ out. A mask with layers will stop more respiratory droplets getting inside your mask or escaping from your mask if you are sick.
For mask guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, please visit this link: CDC Mask guidance
Vaccine clinic volunteers needed! The Holtzman Medical Group is seeking administrative volunteers for the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine clinics organized with NPS at Oak Hill and Newton North on 11/13, 11/14, 12/4 and 12/5. Please sign up to help if you can!
|Newton Public Schools – COVID-19 Updates:||https://www.newton.k12.ma.us/COVID19|
|City of Newton – COVID-19 Updates:||https://www.newtonma.gov/government/health-human-services/public-health/covid-19|
|City of Newton – Mayor Fuller’s Email Updates:||https://www.newtonma.gov/government/mayor-fuller/updates|
|Massachusetts Department of Health – COVID-19 Updates:||https://www.mass.gov/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19|
|Massachusetts Department of Education – COVID-19 Updates:||https://www.doe.mass.edu/covid19|
|MA Governor’s Office – COVID-19 Updates||https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-updates-and-information|
|Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)||https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov|
|World Health Organization (WHO)||https://covid19.who.int|