Health and Safety
Health and Safety remain our priority. School-wide mask-wearing, regular cleaning, and open communication are the pillars of our strategy for safe in-person learning. CDC is encouraging all staff and children 6 months of age and up to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. All staff must declare their vaccination status: Fully Vaccinated, Partially Vaccinated, or Unvaccinated. Unvaccinated staff must provide proof to the principal of their negative COVID-19 status weekly.
Families should also ensure children are up to date with required immunizations. Daily temperature checks will be performed prior to entering the building. If a child is ill or exhibits symptoms (fever, coughing, sneezing, etc.), please notify the school and the child may not attend school until symptom-free and doctor's note stating he or she may return to school. Everyone in the building will be required to always wear masks. During nap time, Pre-K students will not be required to wear a mask but will be socially distanced. Regular handwashing or the use of hand sanitizer is a must for all students.
At least three feet of social distancing will be maintained in classrooms and other areas where possible. Visitors must make an appointment with the school prior to arrival and will be required to practice social distancing. Conferences with parents and other meetings that do not need to be in-person will be held virtually or by telephone to limit the number of visitors entering the school building.
If the school is informed of a confirmed COVID-19 case, written notification will be sent to families and staff. If there is a confirmed COVID-19 case, the infected individual will be required to quarantine at home for at least 5 days, be symptom-free, and provide the results of a negative COVID-19 test before returning. Students and employees who were in close contact with the individual may stay in school as long as they test negative if not fully vaccinated; fully vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine but should monitor for symptoms for 10 days. If a positive case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the exposed area of the facility will be closed to clean and sanitize. The Food and Drug Administration also issued a safety communication advising that at-home rapid antigen tests can deliver false-negative results. For those with symptoms, the FDA now advises that people take two home Covid tests over 48 hours. For those who do not have symptoms but suspect a Covid exposure, the FDA now recommends up to three separate tests, each separated by a 48-hour period. NCA will continue to update our protocols as new information emerges. Thanks for making health and safety a top priority.