Health & Safety

Health & Safety Overview:

PLEASE CONTINUE TO USE THE DAILY SYMPTOMS CHECKLIST FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS

The district will be carefully monitoring for the situations depicted below whether a student is identified as symptomatic or being a close contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19.
COVID Situation Charts

We recognize that there is some level of risk involved in returning to school at this time and we understand that families and staff are justifiably concerned about their health and wellness. There are some staff and students we will need to support outside of the schoolhouse and in a remote environment to protect their health and the health of their loved ones, and we will do that. However, we believe there is an even greater risk to our students if we keep schools closed for an undetermined period of time when it is possible, with the appropriate levels of health and safety measures in place and guided by trusted and local public health professionals, to reopen schools in a hybrid model. 

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. Click on the dashboard to view the most current data.

 COVID Case Dashboard

In the event that we learn that a student may have been exposed to COVID-19, we will follow the guidelines issued by the state on July 17. These guidelines detail procedures for quarantine, testing, contact tracing, and whether school needs to close. We will also rely on our Joint Committee on Health and Safety comprised of Public Health staff, school administrators, and school staff representatives who will monitor health metrics to advise the superintendent on school buildings' opening or closing. The Committee proposed that three measures be adopted:

1. State Department of Public Health and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Health Metrics (DPH and DESE 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 prevalence of student mask wearing, social distancing, hygiene/hand washing, and meeting standards for proper ventilation of school and classrooms.

The Joint Committee will consider all three measures holistically when making a recommendation to the superintendent about opening/closing.


Please check the link to Frequently Asked Questions for more information about Health and Safety and Building 
Maintenance. This webpage and the FAQs are being updated regularly.

 

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