NPS K-12 – Mask Optional – March 8, 2022

Dear NPS Families, Tonight, the Newton School Committee voted to revise the mask policy in the Newton Public Schools.  Beginning tomorrow, March 8, 2022, masks will be OPTIONAL in our K-12 school buildings. In this new mask-optional environment, we will emphasize personal choice and responsibility around masking. There will be many reasons students and staff continue to wear masks. There will be reasons students and staff decide not to wear a mask. All decisions will be supported and we will ask our school communities to be respectful of others’ individual choices.  Please note, masks will still be required in the following circumstances: People returning from COVID infection on days 6-10 (CDC requires 10 days of masking, regardless of vaccination status)   In nursing/health offices Newton Early Childhood Program (NECP) Certain school environments (assemblies, field trips, music class) – please continue to READ MORE

From Desk of Nurse Carrie – December 2021

Dear Underwood Families, Cold and flu season is upon us.  We can all help by keeping our children home when they are sick.  Not only does this help to diminish the spread of illness, it helps reduce negative outcomes for those who are more vulnerable and at greater risk for more serious symptoms when exposed to germs.   There are students at Underwood School who can react strongly if they are exposed to illnesses such as strep throat, influenza or respiratory infections.  When there is a known exposure for these students, we as a community can help minimize the health impact for them.  We are asking for your help with the following: Report diagnosed strep throat, influenza (flu), RSV and other respiratory infections to Nurse Carrie Students with strep throat may return to school after taking an antibiotic for at least READ MORE