Visitor Protocol During COVID-19

Effective November 9, 2021 the Needham Public Schools will allow certain visitors access to school buildings during the school day to conduct essential services for students and staff provided they meet all required health and safety checks and adhere to health and safety protocols while at school. These individuals include:


  • Parents/Guardians who are asked to attend student specific meetings (e.g., IEP meetings, conferencing, discipline, etc.)
  • Volunteers to provide assistance at the request of the principal
  • Educational consultants/advocates/tutors for purposes of attending scheduled meetings, conducting student assessments, providing student educational services, offering professional development


Below is a summary of the conditions for allowing School Visitors:


1.    Visitors must be invited by an NPS staff member in order to access the school building; parents or others who show up at school without a scheduled appointment will not be admitted.


2.    NPS staff members must request and gain approval from the building principal or designee about planned visitors. Depending on the number of visitors on a given day or if students in the school are actively following the Test & Stay Covid Protocol, the principal may ask that a meeting or visit be postponed.


3.    Prior to entering the school, visitors will be asked to review the district’s health and safety protocols online. Visitors will be asked to wear a mask during meetings, etc.


4.    On the day of the visit, visitors will be asked to attest to their health and will indicate whether or not they have been vaccinated. 


5.    Visitors will sign in at the main office and using a special Visitors’ Binder will complete the COVID-19 Visitor Attestation Form and contact information. The Visitors' Binder will be a record of the visit and include the destination, time, and circumstances of the visit and will be used, as necessary, for the purposes of contact tracing should that be necessary.


6.    The visitor will report directly to the specific classroom or office; visitors will have limited access to the school facility. 


7.    All visitors must sign out upon leaving the school building. 


After January 18, 2022 all visitors may access the school building during the school day at the discretion of the principal, provided they meet all required health and safety checks and adhere to health and safety protocols while at school. 


Both the November 9th and January 18th dates and the conditions for visiting could change depending on the most recent public health guidance and requirements. 

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