Resuming School on January 4th Parent Communication

December 31, 2020
Dear Families,
I trust that you all enjoyed a very special Christmas as you celebrated the birth of our Lord and Savior.  As we are on the cusp of a New Year, I feel hopeful that brighter days are within our reach.  God has been so faithful to our school, and I am confident that He will allow us to pick up where we have left off with our learning, upon our return to school on January 4, 2021.
The North Shore Christian School will be opening on January 4th to receive our students back for in-person learning.  Our medical consultants recently met to discuss how to best ensure that our re-entry is as safe as possible, with the obvious goal being to minimize the risk of COVID-19 brought into our learning community.  This will require all of us working in a coordinated fashion, and with a level of transparency.  The NSCS administration is not about the business of patrolling our families, and we lean on the honor system, whereby we trust one another to be forthcoming with pertinent information, and take the appropriate steps to care for and protect our learning community.
NSCS will be requiring adherence to the following two protocols for re-entry to school on January 4, 2021.  Please note that the Travel Guidelines are only one part of the protocol that NSCS will be instituting.  NSCS will also be utilizing the Quarantine Guidance, as set forth by mass.gov.   Please also read the other requests and restrictions set forth by NSCS.
  • Should you have traveled outside of the state of Massachusetts, please visit https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-travel-order and follow the required guidelines.
  • Potential Exposure Encounter – NSCS defines potential exposure encounter as, “Anyone who was in a gathering after December 27, 2020 with individuals other than their immediate household and/or “close circle”, whereby masks/face coverings were not consistently worn, nor was social distancing consistently adhered to.”  Please be sure to fully acquaint yourself with the Quarantine Guidance, as set forth by mass.gov (https://www.mass.gov/guidance/information-and-guidance-for-persons-in-quarantine-due-to-covid-19).
  • To clarify, should a family have traveled outside of Massachusetts, and also experienced a potential exposure encounter, NSCS is requiring that families follow the Quarantine Guidance, instead of the Travel protocol.
  • Additionally, if your child, or anyone in their immediate household, has been informed of a positive case of an individual that they were exposed to after December 25th, please follow the appropriate Quarantine Guidance.
  • If you are in doubt as to what to do in way of returning to school next week, you are encouraged to stay home and speak with your PCP.  Your child’s teacher/s will work with you to ensure that your child does not miss school work, should quarantining be required.
  • As always, we also trust our families to keep their child/ren at home if they are experiencing ANY COVID-like symptoms, and to contact their PCP or child’s pediatrician.
  • NSCS will not be allowing volunteers and/or parents onto our Beverly or Lynn Campuses for the first two-weeks.  We hope to lift this restriction on January 19th.
  • Our SALT (Senior Administrative Leadership Team) members will follow a Smart Start re-entry, whereby each member will remain exclusively on one campus for the duration of the first two-weeks, in order to avoid cross-contamination between campuses.  Should you need to get in touch with any of our SALT members, you may find their emails below.  SALT members will resume a regular schedule on January 19, 2021.
*Please note, that teachers will work with any families whose child is unable to return to school on January 4th due to potential exposure, travel, or other COVID related matters.
As has consistently been the case this year, I am exceedingly grateful to each of you, and for the ways in which you have worked with the administration to ensure that our students and staff remain safe.  I have been humbled by the ways in which I have witnessed our learning community come together and support one another through this global pandemic.
These recent months have indeed been among some of the most extraordinarily trying, but God has remained faithful. It is my sincerest prayer that we will welcome the New Year with a sense of hopefulness, and that peace will settle in and take root in our hearts as we trust our good God to lead us confidently into 2021.
With Every Blessing,
Pam Heintz, Head of School
SALT Team Members:
Patti Cook (Business Manager) – Pcook@nschristian.org
Pam Heintz (Head of School) – Pheintz@nschristian.org
Robin Lowe (Lead Principal) – Rlowe@nschristian.org
Renee Southard (Senior Administrator) – Rsouthard@nschristian.org
Christine Saia (Director of Admissions and Community Engagement) – Csaia@nschristian.org
Jill VanderWoude (Advancement Associate) – Jvanderwoude@nschristian.org