SCS COVID-19 Response Plan 2020-21

Dear SCS Families,

We are extremely grateful for your feedback from the COVID-19 School Reopening Survey.

Please know that we continue to work to incorporate your input as we work together to navigate this unusual time and look forward to reopening school in September. Please find our SCS COVID-19 Response Plan below. A huge thank you to Nurse Maiona and her committee members listed here for their time, wisdom and partnership as we work to incorporate all of the health and safety guidance from Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). We are so thankful to:

  • Rodie Glushchenko, Critical Care Nurse Director, MGH
  • John Farrell, SCS Director of Facilities
  • Melissa Healy, MBA Business Owner
  • Rajita Mehrotra, Psychotherapist
  • Sister Jeanne Morris, SCS Middle School Teacher


November 20, 2020

*SCS COVID-19 Policy Update #1 Effective 11/30/2020:

If a student at SCS presents with any COVID-19 related symptoms, and needs to have a COVID-19 test SCS mandates that the test be a PCR test. As previously noted in our policy, if a student tests positive for Covid-19, the student will need to quarantine for 14 days from the date of the test AND provide SCS with a negative PCR test prior to returning.

*SCS COVID-19 Policy Update #2 Effective 11/30/2020:

If an SCS student/staff member tests positive for COVID-19, then SCS Administration will immediately collaborate with the Norwood Department of Health (DPH) and/or any other local Departments of Health as appropriate in order to determine any close contacts. In most cases, the classroom teachers and/or other staff will confidentially be asked to help SCS Administration and the Norwood DPH determine if there are any close contacts. All CLOSE CONTACTS will be notified via telephone and/or email by SCS and the Norwood DPH or other local DPH.  Per CDC, Norwood DPH and SCS guidelines/protocol, individuals who are determined to be close contacts will need to be tested for COVID-19. Additionally, those close contacts will quarantine for 14 days per our policy from the test date.  

ALL families who have a child in the classroom of the student/staff member who tested positive for Covid-19 who are NOT close contacts WILL ALSO be contacted immediately. This will happen after ALL close contacts have been notified. Lastly, an email will be sent to the entire SCS school community to let families know that there has been a case of Covid-19 in one of the SCS buildings (Preschool/Pre-K Building, Lower School Building or Middle School Building.) Please note that only families of students in the same classroom community with the student/staff member who had Covid-19 will be told the name of the particular classroom community.

-Families of SCS students/staff members who are not considered a close contact, but were notified that their child is in the same classroom community as the student/staff member who tested positive for Covid-19 may:

1) Communicate with their child’s Pediatrician or other healthcare facility in order to be tested (~ Dependent on each families own safety and wellness plan)
2) Can quarantine (~ Dependent on each families own safety and wellness plan) and/or
3) Participate in Remote Learning by contacting their child’s teacher for the Google Meet code and/or
4) Immediately return to school if they are symptom free without medication.

-SCS Families, Faculty and Staff will be expected to absolutely maintain the confidentiality of all information surrounding any case of Covid-19 at SCS.

October 2, 2020


Thank you for your ongoing prayers for the member of our school community who is currently quarantining as well as all who have been affected by this pandemic; may they feel the healing touch of Christ. Thank you also for your partnership this week as we navigated the complexity of this heartbreaking time together. Here are two questions that were frequently asked of Nurse Maiona and Ms Tanner this week, and their answers. As well as some information for you to consider as we work together to keep students and staff as safe as possible.

1. What defines a "close contact" by the Norwood Department of Health?

Answer: Less than six feet with greater than 15 minutes with no mask.

2. Can SCS tell an SCS family or faculty member if there is a positive case of Covid-19 in any particular class/grade?

Answer: No, the Norwood Department of Health prohibits SCS from disclosing specific classroom or grade level information regarding any positive Covid-19 cases at SCS. We are so sorry.

COVID-like symptoms: fever/chills (100.4F), nasal congestion, runny nose, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle/body aches, loss of smell/taste, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea.

  • If your child has any COVID-like symptoms, they will need to stay home from school.

  • If your child has any COVID-like symptoms, they will need to be assessed by their Pediatrician, Urgent Care or other healthcare facility.

  • If your child has any symptoms that are unrelated to a pre-existing condition, please keep your child home and contact their Pediatrician.

  • If your child has any COVID-like symptoms, they need to be assessed by their Pediatrician AND all siblings will need to remain home until SCS receives documentation from a healthcare professional (Pediatrician, Urgent Care, etc.) that they have been cleared to return to school.

  • Please email or call the School Nurse, Lorna Maiona: [email protected] (if no prompt reply, then please contact: Principal, Ms. Tanner, or Vice Principal, Mrs. Noah) prior to your child’s return to school.

1. Please consider making a decision ahead of time as to whether or not you would get your child(ren) tested or simply choose to quarantine for 14 days if you are presented with that circumstance. Some families have told us in the moment that it was difficult to decide what to do.

2. Please consider speaking with your kids ahead of time of what it means if he/she or one of their siblings has a symptom (review the symptoms) and let them know they will all be staying home. Also, discuss how most kids that test positive will be okay. When children hear of the number of people affected it can be hard to process, especially when it affects someone in their household/family. 

3. Some of our SCS classrooms have the capacity to support live learning/ remote learners and some, unfortunately, do not yet. Thank you for checking in with your child's teacher in advance in order to know how to access your child's Google Classroom.

4. Please consider contacting your Pediatrician's office ahead of time to find out their COVID-19 protocol. Also, with little kids, a lot of the COVID symptoms may lead to something different, like an ear infection, strep, etc. This is a good reason to book a "sick" appointment with your doctor and not just go to a clinic to get tested.  Especially if your child has any type of preexisting condition. Some families have told us that it was stressful to do that in the moment. 

Again, we are so grateful for your time, effort, support and partnership during this pandemic. We hope with many prayers that this collaboration will help to protect the health and wellness of our students, staff and our school community.

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