2021 Full Return to School
Planning Principles and Priorities
1. Our kids, and families' needs come first! The Health, Safety, and Well-Being of our School Community is our number one priority.
2. Our systems, policies, practices, and structures must be flexible in responding to new information. Administrators, teachers, staff, families, and the entire community must be willing to refine approaches when specific policies and practices are not working.
3. Our systems, policies, practices, and structures should be practical, feasible, and appropriate for children and each adolescent's developmental stage.
4. Special considerations and accommodations need to be made to account for the diversity of our children and families. These considerations and accommodations should be made, especially for our vulnerable populations, including those who are medically fragile, live in poverty, have developmental challenges, or have special health care needs or disabilities, with the goal of safe return to school.
5. No child should be excluded from our schools, unless required by local public health mandates or because of unique needs. We will work together with partners to identify and develop essential supports.
6. Our decisions, systems, policies, practices, and structures are guided by data, and support the overall health and well-being of all students, their families, staff, and our community.
7. We must develop strategies that can be revised and adapted depending on the level of viral transmission in the school and throughout the community and done with close communication with state and/or local public health authorities.
* Adapted: COVID-19 Planning Considerations: Guidance for School Re-entry, American Association of Pediatrics.
The EdElements, 2020 toolkit provides some important considerations for us to think about as a community as we make critical decisions about our return to school. These are:
1. All considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school.
2. We are “Planning for Change, not Perfection.”
3. We need to define the work, before we define the people.
4. Schools Grow, when People Grow. So let’s think outside the box and grow.
Back to School Vaccinations
Children should continue to receive vaccination against vaccine-preventable diseases during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Community Health Team is providing back to school vaccinations for children in the Greater Nashua Region as they are required for children to enter school.
As the local school districts are currently working on their back to school plans, parents and caretakers should ensure that their children's immunizations are up-to-date. If you do not have a healthcare provider, are uninsured, or are unable to secure an appointment, attend one of our mobile clinics.
For a full schedule of our upcoming clinics, please Click Here.
Call 603-589-4500 or visit our website for more information.
NH Education Resource Portal
Explore this page for information, tools, and strategies to continue to support students with high quality learning opportunities.