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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

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