The school has updated its comprehensive Pandemic Illness Preparedness Plan in order to accommodate the emergence of COVID-19. Our School Nurses and Safety Coordinator have been reviewing NPS Health Policies already in place and have provided additional education about healthy practices with students, faculty and staff.
Moreover, members of our Incident Response Team and Administrative Team have participated in presentations and webinars about the coronavirus and contingency planning, in addition to conducting regular internal meetings. We have developed plans and procedures in preparation for various scenarios to sustain the health and safety of the NPS community.
The CDC has recommended that schools plan for the continuation of learning should schools need to close for an extended period.
Accordingly, our Division Directors and Director of Studies are working with teachers to plan remote educational activities so that student learning continues. On Friday afternoon, March 6, without classes taking place due to the half-day, our faculty and staff worked to prepare distance learning material in the event of a school closure. These materials will be made available to parents via CardinalNet if a school closure is necessary.
We continue to follow recommendations and guidelines from the DC Mayor’s Office, CDC, National Institutes of Health, DC Department of Health, as well as other medical professionals. We are monitoring the situation daily and we will continue to utilize the expertise of those organizations and individuals to inform our thinking and decision-making.
NPS will close early for Spring Break beginning Monday, March 16, with the hopes of returning to normal school operations on Monday, March 30. If we are unable to reopen on this date, distance learning will commence at that time.
Since early December, we have switched the night cleaning crew to a 10-percent bleach solution from standard cleaning spray.
Since Thursday, March 5, we have had an additional janitorial employee mid-day moving throughout the building wiping high touch surfaces (door handles, knobs, door releases, light switches, bathroom sink water handles, flushing mechanisms, student desks, table tops, etc.) with healthcare disinfectant hydrogen peroxide wipes.