Health & Safety

Health & Safety Overview:

On January 11, 2022 a Family Health & Safety Open House was held via Zoom and included a presentation by the Superintendent as well as answers to families' questions from members of the Joint Health & Safety Committee. The video recording with the Q & A session was recorded and posted here for your reference.

                              - To participate in the DESE COVID-19 testing program, you must sign this CONSENT Form -

THE DISTRICT CONTINUES TO EMPHASIZE AND PRIORITIZE THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF ALL STUDENTS AND STAFF. These efforts will continue through the school year, and we will collaborate with families, staff, and public health professionals to ensure our school environments remain healthy.

The CDC updated its guidance on the isolation time period for those who have tested positive for COVID-19. This guidance was adopted by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) on December 30, 2021. A reminder that an isolated individual is one who has tested positive for COVID; a quarantined individual is one who has been identified as a close contact but has not tested positive for COVID. Our district responded by issuing COVID Protocol Updates for Students and FamiliesAlthough changes to these protocols are expected as new guidance continues to be released, the district has prepared infographics to guide our staff and families: District's COVID protocols for Isolation and Quarantine

Needham Public Schools, in collaboration with the Needham Public Health Department, is providing a report on the positive COVID-19 cases for students and staff in our schools by date range, plus the cumulative positive cases by school and in our district. To view the most current data posted within 24 hours of being reported by Public Health, click on this
dashboard.


 COVID Case Dashboard

We will continue to rely on the Joint Health and Safety Committee  comprised of Public Health staff, school administrators, and school staff representatives who advise the Superintendent and regularly review the following:

1. State Department of Public Health and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education health metrics;
2. Positivity Rates (14-day average) below 5 percent using state, county, and relative rate of change in average;
3. Adherence to NPS expectations for health and safety measures, including mask wearing, hygiene/hand washing, and meeting standards for proper ventilation of schools and classrooms.


The district's health and safety protocols are available for review. You will find them listed and linked in the left-hand column of this page.
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