COVID-19 Protocols

As we do our part to keep our community safe from exposure to COVID-19, please review our new Health and Safety Protocols for the 2020-21 school year. Our priority is to ensure we have a safe event while providing a fun in-person opportunity.

PTSO Health and Safety Protocols – effective 9/22/20, including updated MA March 22, 2021  guidelines for outdoor gatherings of up to 150 people, or # specified by updated State guidelines (Mar 22 MA Update)

  • All events will be held outdoors on school grounds, not to exceed # people or current State & City guidelines at that time.
  • All participant must wear a mask at all times when they are on school property. (Mar 22 MA Update)
  • All participants will follow current social distancing guidelines (3ft to 6ft), as defined by Newton HHS and/or MA reopening phase.
  • All participants will avoid any physical contact with another individual and avoid close contact (talking 10-15 min less than 6ft with a mask on), regardless of if they are friends you have been previously exposed to.
  • All events will have sign-ups for students and for volunteers to support contact tracing if needed.
  • All events will have sign-ups to ensure we manage the maximum size of groups in the designated area to not exceed # people or current State & City guidelines at that time.
  • All events will ensure we manage the maximum size of groups in the designated area to not exceed # people or current State & City guidelines at that time.
  • All events will have volunteers to ensure social distancing protocols in waiting areas or lines.
  • All student events will have a parent/guardian (adult) supervision.
  • Any event that requires equipment will specify that participants bring and dispose of their own supplies.
  • Event co-chairs will remind all participants and volunteers of social distancing and hand hygiene protocols at the start of the event.
  • Any volunteer or participant who is not feeling well needs to stay home. Any volunteer or participant who is in quarantine must not participate until the 14-day quarantine is complete and show no symptoms.
  • Any volunteer who participated in an event and subsequently tests positive for COVID-19 must notify the event organizer and the co-Presidents immediately.   The co-presidents will notify South Administration as soon as they are notified of a positive case, and share a list of participants.
  • Encourage all students to participate in the NPS Asymptomatic Testing Program.
  • Encourage all parent/guardian volunteers to be vaccinated when they are eligible.

How Parents/Student Can Help Keep Our Community Safe:

Enroll your children and participate in the NPS Asymptomatic Testing Program.  It’s Free and Weekly at Newton South.  Learn more and give your consent today!  Effective April 16, 2021, per NPS, all students participating in extra-curricular activities (e.g sports, theatre, clubs) are required to participate in testing.

As COVID-19 continues to be present in our community, we all need to do our part to minimize the spread of COVID-19.  By staying vigilant, parents/guardians and students can practice and self-enforce social distance protocols.

  • If you or your child(ren) haven’t worn a mask for 2-3 hours a day, start practicing now at home – in and out of the house so you and your child(ren) are ready to be at in-person events. Wear it watching TV, playing video game, or hanging outside.
  • Reinforce frequently hand washing, not touch surfaces unnecessarily, staying 6ft from people outside of your home environment.
  • Respect the virus, respect our community, respect your peers, respect your family and stay safe

Please keep yourself and your child(ren) at home if you are not feeling well.  There’s no guarantee we can have zero cases of COVID-19 as we begin in-person events,  so we must continue to be vigilant with social distancing protocols.   NPS, City and South have established health and safety protocols in the event someone at South tests positive. Thank you.