February 29, 2020 COVID-19 Letter from HOS

Dear NSCS Parents,

Your children’s health and safety are among our top priority.  In fact, this past week two of our faculty members attended an intensive training through ALICE (click here to learn more https://www.alicetraining.com).  ALICE is an emergency response preparedness training.  Over 80% of our staff and faculty have already completed an online training this past winter in preparation for a broader and more detailed training that will take this place this spring.

Our students’ wellbeing is always paramount in our planning.  With that said, given the recent situation that is of global-focus with the Coronavirus Infectious Disease identified in Winter 2019, our Administrative Team has begun to conceptualize a plan that will go into effect as early as this week.  To stay abreast of the COVID-19 situation you can visit www.cdc.gov/coreonavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.  Additionally, I am keeping a very close eye on how local schools are preparing for and managing day-to-day concerns around the COVID-19.

While the potential for possible exposure in our community may be limited right now, we do not want to assume that this will remain the case.   NSCS administration has received guidance from a medical personnel from one of our local colleges who is on the frontlines of assisting parents and students around this current pandemic and is working closely with NSCS to help us ensure that the steps we are taking to limit the spread of any and all germs are the appropriate ones.

Here are the steps the school will be immediately taking;

  • Each afternoon all teachers will disinfect their classroom’s hard surfaces with a product that kills 99.9% of germs.
  • Each classroom, bathroom, and various rooms throughout the buildings on all of our campuses will have an ample supply of hand sanitizer available.
  • Students will be encouraged to wash their hands often throughout the day using soap and rubbing hands under water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
  • Students will be reminded that when coughing and sneezing that they are to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or cough or sneeze into their sleeve and immediately wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Students will be encouraged to refrain from touching their mouths and noses, and if they do so they will be encouraged to wash their hands.
  • Students will be asked not to share food or snacks.

Our custodial staff has been asked to perform a deep disinfect several times/week and as the situation with COVID-19 persists.

Here are the steps we are asking Parents to immediately take;

Inform school administration of any upcoming or recent international travel.

Please keep your child at home if they have a runny nose, fever, cough, or you suspect that they are under the weather.  We desire to keep all germs at bay during this flu season.

Ensure that your child receives plenty of sleep and remains physically active, help your child to manage stress, have them drink plenty of water and fluids, as well as eating nutritious food.

Report any flu symptoms to your health care provider.

Here are the future steps the School will take in the event the situation necessitates such;

NSCS will have school closures if the CDC or local officials request and/or require that such an action is necessary – we will do so for the short-term and long-term – as long as we are instructed by the CDC or other local officials to do so.

Should the School have prolonged closures (a week or more) teachers will have prepared school work for grades Kindergarten – 8th that will be ready to be set home.

For the various grade-bands (K-2, 3-5, and Middle School) school work may include assignment packets, assignments communicated through Google Classroom, videos prepared by your child’s classroom teacher, and/or emailed assignments.

Text books, workbooks, and other school supplies will be sent home with the students if the need be.

Administration will communicate daily with families as to the status of the School closure and any pertinent information.

While we are all praying that God in his divine mercy would spare the world of prolonged and devasting effects due to the COVID-19 virus, we trust that He is sovereign.  It is my sincerest desire that you all would continue to pray for those around the globe who are struggling with the effects of COVID-19.  I believe that God often allows difficult situations to come across our paths so that we can be strengthened in our faith as we learn to trust Him more.

Please never hesitate to reach out to me regarding this matter, or any matter if you need further clarification or have questions.  Also, if you have further suggestions, that can be added to those mentioned above, I would welcome your feedback.

As always, it is a joy for me to serve NSCS and to associate with such extraordinary children and families!

To God be the Glory,

Pam Heintz, Head of School