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COVID-19 Updates

Fall 2021 COVID-19 Updates & Protocols
Lower School UpdatesUpper School Updates
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
General
Lower School (Grades 1-5): Wednesday, September 1
Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten: Tuesday, September 7
Upper School (Grades 6-12): Tuesday, August 31
Lower School (PS-Grade 5):
  • Drop Off: 7:15am-7:45am
  • School Begins: 7:45am
Upper School (Grades 6-12):
  • Drop Off: 7:15am-7:30am
  • School Begins: 7:40am
Preschool-Grade 1: Door #4
Grades 2-5: Door #3
Grades 6-12: Door #1
 
Lower School Drop Off (7:15-7:45am):
 
  • Families are to enter the back side entrance and wait in the drop-off line that wraps around the side of the building.
  • Students in Grades 2-5 are to enter door #3 (left) and Preschool-Grade 1 are to enter door #4 (right).
  • Faculty/staff members will be outside to instruct students and cars during drop-off.
  • Students should not leave their car until a faculty or staff member comes to retrieve them from their car. 
  • Students are expected to wear their face masks and social distance during drop off. 
 
Upper School Drop Off (7:15-7:30am):
 
  • Families are to enter the front side entrance and wait in the drop-off line.
  • Students in Grades 6-12 are to enter door #1.
  • Faculty/staff members will be outside to instruct students and cars during drop-off.
  • Students are expected to wear their face masks and social distance during drop off.
 
Lower School Pick Up (2:45-3:00pm):
 
  • Families are to enter the back entrance and wait in the TWO pick-up lines that wrap around the side of the building. Please put name plaques on your dashboards.
  • Faculty/staff members will be outside to instruct students and cars during pick-up.
  • Parents are not to exit their cars during pick-up.
  • For families who have students in both LS and US, we ask that you do the following:
    • Pick up LS student(s) first in LS pick-up line
    • Park in the parking lot & wait for your US student(s) OR go back around & wait in the US pick-up line
    • NOTE: US students are not permitted to enter the LS pick-up area
 
Upper School Pick Up (2:45-3:00pm):
 
  • Families are to enter the front side entrance and wait in the pick-up line.
  • Students will leave through the doors #1.
  • Faculty/staff members will be in the hallways and outside to instruct students and instruct cars during pick-up.
  • Parents are not to exit their cars during pick-up. Students may wait outside or in their classrooms until their rides arrive. 
  • For families who have students in both LS and US, we ask that you do the following:
    • Pick up LS student(s) first in LS pick-up line
    • Park in the parking lot & wait for your US student(s) OR go back around & wait in the US pick-up line
    • NOTE: US students are not permitted to enter the LS pick-up area
 
 
Health/Safety
Students and faculty/staff must abide by the following regulations:
 
  • Wear face masks at all times (except for designated mask breaks including lunch & recess)
  • Maintain three feet of distance from all peers and faculty/staff when feasible 
  • Maintain six feet of distance from all peers and faculty/staff when participating in a mask break
  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly
  • Stay home if sick
All faculty/staff and students in Kindergarten-Grade 12 are required to wear face masks/coverings while inside and on transportation. Students in Preschool to Prekindergarten are not required to wear face masks. All students and faculty/staff do not have to wear masks when outdoors.
Due to COVID-19 considerations, all students in Kindergarten-Grade 12 are required to wear a mask that covers the mouth and nose. Students in Preschool-Prekindergarten are not required to wear masks.

Student masks are to be white, grey, khaki, black, burgundy, or light blue. Solid colors and patterns only. Students may also wear SSCA logo masks sold from authorized fanwear vendors. Patterned masks that follow the approved colors are permitted (for example, a black and white checkered mask, or a burgundy mask with light blue stars would be fine!). Masks with messages are not permitted unless specifically authorized by the Head of School.

Students who wear an unauthorized mask will be required to replace that mask with one that is authorized, or wear a disposable mask available at the Main Office.

Students are permitted to wear fabric or cloth masks, surgical masks, N95 masks, or masks with valves.

Students MAY NOT wear gaiter masks or masks made with similar thin, stretchy fabric.

Families are expected to provide masks for their students.

No. Covid testing will not be required for students, faculty, or staff before returning to school. Covid testing will be required under two circumstances:
 
  • If a student, faculty, or staff has developed any Covid-19 symptoms OR
  • If a student, faculty, or staff has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19
To reach the nurse, please call the Main Office at (781) 331-4340. 
 
Reasons to call the nurse include, but are not limited to, the following: 
  • If your child has a health concern that does not permit them to wear a face mask or covering 
  • If your child has a fever (temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher) (they should stay home if they have a fever)
  • If your child is sick and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • If your child tests positive for COVID-19
  • If your child is considered a close contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, they must get tested. You will then call the nurse to inform her of your child's test results.
No. Temperature screenings will not take place at the school. Instead, parents/guardians should take their child(ren)'s temperature at home before coming into school each day. A temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher is considered a fever. Students with a fever are required to stay home and parents/guardians must report the temperature to the nurse by calling the Main Office at (781) 331-4340.
Yes. Despite the fact that students in preschool and pre-k are not required to wear face masks, teachers are required to wear face masks at all times when indoors.
Former SSCA Guidelines & Resources
LS Plan Click Here US Plans Click Here
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
To access recordings of our Q&A sessions from July 22, please click on the links below:
 
 
 
 
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Class numbers will change depending on the grade and class. However, each grade will have no more than 25 students. Each classroom will be able to hold up to this number of students safely. 
Lower School will have at least 5 mask breaks a day including lunch and recess times. Upper School will at least 4 mask breaks a day including lunch. 
 
Lower School students will have designated hand washing times before and after recesses and before and after eating (snack & lunch). Upper School students will be required to wash their hands before and after lunch and before entering into a new classroom. 
With face masks on, a minimum of 3 feet of distance from others should be followed. However, when possible, 6 feet of distance is best. Health professionals understood the difficulty 6 feet of distance placed on schools and confirmed that 3 feet of distance is effective when masks are on. It will be our goal to have students 3 feet or more away from their peers and teachers at all times. 
We expect families and staff to follow safety and health guidelines outside of school. This includes but is not limited to wearing a face mask in public, maintaining social distancing, and making healthy choices. We obviously cannot monitor all staff and families while they are outside of school thus we are relying on trust. We trust that families and staff will practice safe habits. As a school community, we want to ensure the health and safety of everyone.