Health Guidance and Medical Advisory Group Recommendations

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:
    Dr. Brenda Anders Pring, Pediatrician, HHS Advisory Board, NPS parent
    Dr. Ashish Jha, Dean of the School of Public Health at Brown University, Professor of Health Services, Policy, and Practice
    Dr. 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 Health
    Dr. Karen Sadler, Pediatrician, NPS School Physician
    Dr. 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 member

Protocols for Responding to COVID-19 in Schools

  • On December 28, 2021, the CDC updated its guidance on the isolation time period for those who have tested positive for COVID-19. This guidance has now been adopted by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). 

    If you test positive for COVID-19:

    • Stay home for 5 days.
    • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your home but you must continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others for 5 additional days.

    A reminder that an isolated individual is one who has tested positive for COVID; a quarantined individual is one who has been identified as a close contact but has not tested positive for COVID.

    You can review the updated DESE guidance for isolation and quarantine here: DESE Guidance for Isolation and Quarantine - Updated December 30, 2021.

    Here is a flowchart that describes scenarios for positive cases, COVID testing, and close contacts in schools: DESE FLOWCHART for COVID Scenarios in Schools (updated January 2022.)

Data Dashboard - COVID-19 Testing and Positive Cases in Schools

  • We have recently relaunched our COVID Testing Data Dashboard. On the dashboard, you can review the percentage of students who have opted into testing, as well as the results of the weekly pooled testing. The data dashboard can be found here: COVID Testing Data Dashboard and on our website here: COVID Testing Webpage. For information on COVID cases and vaccination rates in the Newton Public Schools, please visit this page on the City of Newton Website: Newton HHS COVID Data

Communication Protocols for COVID-19 Cases

Health and Safety Information for the 2021-22 School Year

Daily Health Assessment

How to Select and Wear Your Mask

How to select and wear your mask