Health and Safety


Medical and educational experts are agreed: The best place for children to be this fall and winter is physically in school, provided that sufficient measures are in place to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19.

No single “magic bullet” will be enough this school year. Rather, the only way to get students into classrooms will be to layer mitigation strategies—some relying on parents, others relying on students, and many relying on the school.

Our back-to-campus plan has four major Health and Safety elements, all of which involve NCS personnel, parents, and students equally:


Health screening and response to illness during the day

  • Families will perform a daily morning health check at home
    • Take child’s oral temperature
  • NCS is hiring a second school nurse
  • Anyone in school who shows COVID-19-like symptoms will be sent home
    • New isolation areas will hold ill students waiting to be picked up
    • Allergies, which can mimic COVID-19 symptoms, will prompt a health-related dismissal, out of an abundance of caution


Cohorting and dedensification

  • Each grade will be divided in two
    • This reduces the number of people on campus at one time
    • It also reduces the number of students in classrooms
  • Each group will be on campus alternating weeks
  • Lower and Middle School students will stay in a particular classroom, with teachers, lunch, and snacks coming to them
  • Upper School students will have their lunch brought to a classroom
  • Classroom coordination between NCS and St. Albans is halted for all subjects except Chinese


Facilities updates

  • More frequent environmental cleaning and disinfection during the day
    • A midweek “community day,” with all students off campus, will allow enhanced cleaning and disinfection
  • All buildings have received enhanced filtration
  • New, one-way routes through buildings and stairwells
  • High-touch areas have been eliminated as much as possible
  • Distance between desks has been increased
  • Additional means to clean or sterilize hands and desks
  • Policies around bathroom usage will be revised
  • Only essential visitors will be allowed inside school buildings


Personal protection

  • Wear your school-provided mask, which meets WHO recommendations, at all times on campus
    • An N-95 mask is useful for medical situations but is overkill in daily life
  • Clean hands regularly, either with soap and water or with sanitizer
  • Maintain at least 6 feet of distance from one another
  • Heed signs marking one-way paths through the school
  • Clean your desk upon entering and exiting a classroom
  • Practice healthy sneeze and cough hygiene
  • Limit travel when away from school
  • Stay home when sick and get your rest
  • Practice self-care, staying physically active and reaching out for help if needed

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