COVID UPDATE:

As a part of the Newton Public Schools, we follow their health and safety practices and update our policies when they do.

Last Updated: May 13th, 2022:

Given the increase in cases in our community, the Newton Public Schools STRONGLY recommends students and staff wear a mask. A well-fitting mask is very effective in reducing the transmission of COVID.

For reference, when a community level is “high,” the CDC recommends the following:

  • Wear a well-fitting mask indoors in public, regardless of vaccination status (including in K-12 schools and other indoor community settings).
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and boosters.
  • Follow CDC recommendations for isolation and quarantine, including getting tested if you are exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Maintain improved ventilation throughout indoor spaces when possible.
  • If you are at high risk for severe illness, consider taking additional precautions.

The CDC and MA DPH recommend that individuals exposed to a positive COVID case should mask for 10 days following exposure, regardless of vaccination status. A rapid antigen or PCR test on Day 5 is recommended.

NCE is still requiring full vaccination against COVID-19 to participate in in-person classes for all instructors and Adult class students. Instructors of Kids classes are required to get vaccinated, while students in Kids classes or students/instructors of online classes will not be subject to vaccine requirements.

Everyone who enrolls in our Adult in-person class will receive a vaccine verification email as an automatic follow-up to registration. Verification of vaccine status will be required in order to complete registration for a class.

This policy makes our classes a safer environment for all and protects the most vulnerable members of our community. 

Thank you for being a part of our community, and we look forward to continuing to welcome you to our programs.

For those who are interested, the full details of Newton Public Schools’ new health and safety plan are here.

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