Health Guidance and Medical Advisory Group
Below please find a link to the COVID Health and Safety Plan for the 2022-23 school year. This plan will be updated throughout the year as new information and revised recommendations emerge.
On August 9, 2022, the Medical Advisory Group (MAG) met to provide general guidance and respond to specific questions from NPS leadership. You can find the MAG recommendation here:
Medical Advisory Group
The Superintendent convened the Ad Hoc Medical Advisory Group to advise and make recommendations on issues of health and safety as NPS actively plans for a full return to in person learning this fall. The Superintendent brings relevant questions to the Advisory Group, which meets to discuss these questions, come to consensus, and create a set of recommendations for the Superintendent. These recommendations, as well as meeting minutes, are shared with the NPS planning teams, the School Committee, NPS staff, parents/guardians, and the community at large.Medical Advisory Group Members (Current):Dr. Brenda Anders Pring, Pediatrician, HHS Advisory Board, NPS parentDr. Jodi Larson, Internal Medicine, Chief Quality and Experience Officer, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, NPS parent
Dr. Sandra Nelson, Infectious Disease Specialist, Mass General Hospital
Dr. Eric Rubin, Adjunct Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthDr. Karen Sadler, Pediatrician, NPS School PhysicianDr. Oneeka Williams, Urologic Surgeon, Assistant Clinical Professor of Urology at Tufts University School of Medicine
Dr. Dori Zaleznik, Infectious Disease Specialist, former Chief Administrative Officer, HHS Commissioner and School Committee memberMedical Advisory Group Members (Former):Dr. Ashish Jha, Dean of the School of Public Health at Brown University, Professor of Health Services, Policy, and Practice
State and Federal Health Guidance
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and Department of Public Health provided guidance to school districts for the 2022-23 school year. Here is the memo:
DESE also issued updated guidance for isolation and exposure in August 2022. Guidance can be found here: COVID Isolation and Exposure Guidance for Children and Staff in Childcare and K-12 settings.
General Health Guidance
NPS will continue to encourage good hand hygiene and a daily home health assessment every day.