Safe Return Plan

Plan updated on August 30, 2021

Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and
Continuity of Services Plan:
 Maintaining Our In-Person Model

Health and Safety Strategies


Stay Home if you Feel Ill

These are the key COVID symptoms. Students and staff who have at least one of these symptoms are required to stay home and call or email the principal.

  • Feeling feverish, measured temperature of 100.4 or more, chills, uncontrolled new cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell.

These are the non-specific COVID symptoms. Students and staff who have 2 or more of these symptoms are required to stay home and email the principal.

  • Fatigue, cough, muscle or body aches, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.


Morning Health Check/Self-screening at Home
In order to prevent transmission among the school population, check to ensure temperature is below 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit and observe for symptoms associated with COVID 19 outlined by public health officials.
Face Masks

Per DPH and SDE, masks will be worn in school, at bus stops and on school buses regardless of vaccination status until at minimum September 30, 2021.

  • Masks are not required outdoors.
Social Distancing
Per DPH, distancing should be 3 feet apart where feasible.


Frequent Hand Washing or Hand Sanitizing 
Students and adults will engage in frequent hand washing and/or hand-sanitizing upon arrival, before and after meals, after bathroom use, and after coughing or sneezing.


Cleaning and Maintaining Healthy Facilities
  • Return to a regular cleaning schedule with emphasis disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.
  • Ensure that the school air handling systems continue to meet state guidelines.


Contact Tracing & Quarantining

The number one COVID-19 & Delta Variant prevention strategy is vaccination.

  • All fully vaccinated persons are exempt from quarantine if exposed to a COVID positive person) if they remain asymptomatic.
  • In order to be exempt from quarantine, proof of vaccination must be provided to the nurse (for students) or HR (for staff)
  • Previous COVID positive persons within 90 days do not need to quarantine.
  • Student to student contact in classrooms, as long as both students are masked, within 3 feet of each other, are not required to quarantine if exposed to a COVID positive student (as long as they remain asymptomatic)
  • Any other close contact within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more with a COVID positive person is required to quarantine.


Length of Quarantining

COVID positive persons are required to quarantine for 10 days.

  • Unvaccinated close contact exposures to COVID positive persons are required to quarantine for 10 days. There is no longer a test out and return early on day 8 option.


On-site Testing
NPS may continue to provide Binax Testing (if available) for staff and students who develop COVID symptoms during the school day.


Staff Vaccinations
Per Governor’s order, all CT school staff must be fully vaccinated by September 27, 2021 or through a medical/religious exemption provide weekly proof of negative COVID testing.
The majority of meetings involving visitors will continue to be held via Zoom at the start of this school year and until further notice.  While we value and miss visitors, our students are unvaccinated at this time and we are therefore limiting non-essential visitors.  We will be monitoring information from the CT Department of Public Health with hopes of welcoming visitors and volunteers later in the school year.
Continuity of Services


  • Deliver high-quality in-person instruction aligned to priority standards
  • Maintain delivery of on-grade level instruction while remediating and recovering skill gaps and differentiate instruction based on student needs
  • Use diagnostic, benchmark, and screening assessments to identify strengths and next steps as well as students in need of intervention and enrichment
  • Review data systematically and adjust instruction as necessary
  • Support professional learning for educators


Social Emotional Learning
  • Foster positive, safe, and supportive learning environment and school-communities
  • Promote supportive adult-student and student-to-student discourse relationships and a sense of belonging.
  • Implement Pre K-12 research-based social-emotional learning curricula.
  • Identify strategies to re-engage populations and specific students who may be disengaged.


Health and Food Services
NPS will continue to support school meals and increase food services access.

Original Plan