CONCORD, NH—Today, the State of New Hampshire released Back-To-School guidance for New Hampshire schools. “This guidance offers a roadmap for school districts across the state to reopen safely,” said the Governor’s office. “In keeping with New Hampshire’s longstanding commitment to local control, the State allowing school districts flexibility and is offering guidance that public health officials believe can allow for safe in-person classroom instruction.”
Among the highlights:
Robust daily screening process for staff, students and visitors for symptoms of COVID-19 or risk factors for exposure prior to entering the educational facility.
Recommendation for classroom arrangement to minimize close contact between students.
Masks are not mandated for students when seated in the classroom, but are recommended in circumstances when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
Educators and staff who are working with students are also encouraged to wear a face cloth covering when physical distancing is difficult to maintain.
Masks are mandated for all outside visitors when visiting a school.
Plans for how a school can provide in-person education as well remote-learning options for those who choose not to return to school for health or safety reasons.
District transportation plans must implement safety protocols that are realistic and not overly disruptive of the instructional models.
A copy of the guidance can be found at https://www.covidguidance.nh.gov/sites/g/files/ehbemt381/files/inline-documents/sonh/k-12-back-to-school.pdf
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