March 10, 2020 COVID-19 Letter from HOS

Dear NSCS Families,

As you read this letter, please keep its content in perspective.  It is loaded with a lot of protocol and cancelations.  It is easy to read a letter like this one and have a bit of dread settle in.  This certainly is not my intention.  Our number one priority as a school is the safety and well-being of every student, faculty, and staff member.  As we seek to set protocol and practices in place to best accomplish this objective, we feel confident that we are also protecting our students’ families, and in doing so we are playing an active part in helping the broader communities as we all seek to limit the spread of COVID-19.

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread around the globe, throughout the country, and closer to home in our own state and neighboring communities, NSCS has remained engaged as we continue to monitor the dynamic nature of the situation.  In doing so, the school Board and administration have made some decisions out of an abundance of caution.

I want to be clear that we have not heard of any COVID-19 cases, or any pending cases, or of any risks posed to our learning community.   Again, these decisions have strictly been made out of an abundance of caution.

Below is a list of decisions that have been made by the Board and administration that will go into effect immediately:

  • Any parent or guardian of a North Shore Christian School student or any NSCS student who has come in contact with a person known to have or is suspected to have COVID-19 should notify HOS Pam Heintz and self-quarantine at home for 14 days.
  • Any parent or guardian of a North Shore Christian School student or any NSCS student who has traveled out of the country or has traveled within the country to any areas that have high COVID-19 cases, should notify HOS Pam Heintz.  You and your child/ren may be asked to self-quarantine at home for 14 days, depending on the situation.

Out of an abundance of caution we are asking that parents and guardians keep all children home from school;

  • if they are exhibiting flu-like symptoms with or without a fever
  • has a cough or significant runny nose, which is not allergy related or related to other medical or health reasons
  • has had a fever, vomiting, flu, or flu-like symptoms within the past 24-hour span

All teachers have been asked to cancel all upcoming field trips.

*Please note, the FUN RUN, scheduled for March 12th and 13th has been postponed.  Detailed information will be forthcoming.  We will have regular school days on both of these days. 

 The Chick fil-A fundraiser scheduled for March 12th is optional.  Families should make their own decision as to whether to attend or not, as they feel comfortable.

The Spring Semi-Formal Dance scheduled for March 21st for grades 5-8 has been cancelled.

We will inform the Robotics’ Team members in a separate correspondence, as to the status of their travel to the World’s competition.

If you feel led to purchase hand sanitizer, tissues, rubber gloves, or hand soap we would welcome these donations as we work to ensure that we have an ample supply on hand at all times.

To obtain up-to-date information about COVID-19 please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html) as well as visiting the Massachusetts Government website(https://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19).

Ways we are working at school to ensure your child’s well-being:

Teachers will begin to show videos that demonstrate proper handwashing to all students.  Students will watch these videos either in their classrooms or during homeroom for the upper grades.   The videos are designed for the various grade levels.  The links to these videos are listed below.

Teachers will continue to disinfect all the hard surfaces of their classrooms at the close of each day.  Our custodial crew will continue adding an additional layer of disinfecting on all our campuses.

Teachers will continue to;

  • remind all students to cough or sneeze into the crook of their arm or use a tissue, followed by washing their hands for a minimum of 20 seconds
  • remind all students to refrain from sharing food or drinks with others
  • provide ample time for handwashing throughout the day

Additionally, teachers are prepared to send school work home with students should it be determined that a prolonged school closure (a week or more) is warranted.

Please note, that as this situation remains dynamic, we will adjust and respond accordingly.  This may entail making new decisions or altering decisions that have been made, such as; lifting our request to self-quarantine and allowing field trips.  We will continue to communicate with our families as things change and as we receive more information.

As we navigate this difficult and dynamic global situation, we will continue to trust God with all things.  He is a good and faithful God, who loves his children with a relentless love – We can trust Him fully!

As always, never hesitate to stop by my office, call me, or email (pheintz@nschristian.org) if you have any questions or concerns.

With Every Blessing,

Pam Heintz, Head of School

Links to the handwashing videos that will be shown in the various classrooms