Dear NDA Students and Families:
Before students return to campus next week for orientation, we want to more clearly define the expectations set forth in our Learn & Lead Together Pledge. This note underscores the importance of compliance with COVID-19 health and safety protocols both on and off campus.
We each have a responsibility to protect ourselves and one another and work together for the common good. Every student should review and sign this pledge by September 4. Students who do not comply with established health and safety protocols will be subject to disciplinary action, including suspension and quarantine while studying remotely.
To clarify our expectations, we wish to highlight the following points.
Healthy and Responsible Behaviors Regarding COVID-19
As a member of the Notre Dame Academy community, I pledge to follow and abide by:
NDA requirements to complete daily health screening prior to arrival on campus
Each student, assisted by a parent/guardian, must complete a daily health screening before arrival on campus and respond genuinely to all questions.
NDA expectations for social and physical distancing
Each student is obligated to practice physical distancing by maintaining a 6-foot distance between others in compliance with national, state and local COVID-19 guidelines.
Each student is obligated to report to Nurse Deb Vazza in the Health Office any travel outside of Massachusetts, except those states considered lower risk by the Commonwealth at the time of travel.
Each student and family will adhere to the state’s current guidelines for gatherings and refrain from hosting or attending gatherings as indicated in the current state order. As of August 7, 2020, the state mandates that indoor gatherings are limited to eight people per 1,000 square feet, but should not exceed 25 people in a single enclosed, indoor space. Outdoor gatherings in enclosed spaces are limited to 25 percent of the facility’s maximum permitted occupancy, with a maximum of 50 people in a single enclosed outdoor space.
Regulations regarding the wearing of facial coverings over your nose and mouth when in public settings
Each student and family will wear a two-ply cloth or surgical face covering at all times while on campus, except while eating, drinking or during permitted mask breaks.
Quarantine directives put forth by the Massachusetts Department of Health and the Town of Hingham Board of Health
Each student will remain at home from school if experiencing any unexplained symptoms and will report any exposure or illness consistent with COVID-19 to Nurse Deb Vazza in the Health Office.
Each student will be mindful of close contacts in case the need arises to document her activities for up to 14 days prior to symptom development.
Each student will quarantine for 14 days if they have documented exposure to COVID-19, live with someone who is positive or presumed positive for COVID-19 or engages in at-risk travel, gatherings or behavior.
Mandate that I stay home from school if I am experiencing any unexplained symptoms, including cough, nasal congestion or runny nose, sore throat, body aches, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell, or shortness of breath, or if I have exhibited any other symptoms relating to COVID-19
Please note, if you have traveled, attended a gathering that violates the state order, or have not complied with any of these protocols and guidelines since August 25, please contact Nurse Deb Vazza. She will work with students and families on an individual basis to assess the start of school. Thank you for being part of a community that is committed to the health and safety of all and keeping NDA a safe place to learn and lead.