Back-to-School Frequently Asked Questions

  • 2021-22 back to school logo

    The following recaps questions that were submitted by parents since the School Opening plan was released July 23. 

  • COVID TESTS/QUARANTINE

  • Will parents have the option to quarantine or test-to-return if their child was an unvaccinated close contact but asymptomatic? Will they be eligible for remote learning if this option is provided and taken?

  • To whom/where/how do we provide the school with negative COVID test results when we need to do so?

  • LUNCH

  • Whether they eat inside or outside, can they move around to talk to friends or do they need to stay put in their seats for the duration of lunch?

  • How far will children be spaced while eating indoors?

  • Will NBJH students have to eat with their X-block?

  • Will the NBJH cafeteria be open for students to purchase lunch?

  • PCR TESTS

  • Can you provide a list of acceptable PCR tests? Can you also provide a list of locations where these tests are offered, expected result turn around times, and the costs of these tests for families of various means?

  • Are rapid PCR tests or Binax tests acceptable forms of PCR testing for students as proof to return to school?

  • RECESS

  • Will the elementary children be allowed to socialize with students from other classes at recess this year? Will masks be required outdoors at recess?

  • When unmasked outdoors, will children be required to be masked *while on the playground* since 6 feet spacing is harder when kids are running around together?

  • Will the students be allowed on the playground equipment?

  • SPECIALS/EXTRACURRICULARS

  • Will vaccinated students still need band masks?

  • Will there be elementary choir?

  • Will NBJH students use the locker room for physical education?

  • Will choir and band take place indoors or outdoors this year?

  • Will there be after school extracurricular activities available?

  • Will elementary students have the opportunity to go to the library or specials (world language, music and art)?

  • TRAVEL

  • What are the guidelines for domestic travel?

  • How long must a student be back from international travel before the COVID test is required?

  • Other Questions

  • How much notice will be given for changes in safety protocols?

  • What are the specifics of the ventilation systems? What tests have been done to be sure they're working adequately?

  • Is there a program or night/day for kids that were remote last year to come into the school to become familiar with it and the new school practices?

  • What percentage of teachers are vaccinated?

  • Why are children only being spaced 3' apart, when we were told last year that there was space for all children to be 6' apart, in person?