January Return to School Plan

Dear Nardin Academy Community,

After successfully reopening in the Orange Zone, we now turn our attention to Christmas break and safely reconvening in January.

This weekend, we head into the longest school break since we began the academic year in August. Considering all the holidays entail and with health and safety first in mind, we are adding extra precautions to ensure a safe return to school in January.

Return to School in January Plan
The week of January 4th will move to full remote learning for Montessori Elementary, Lower, Middle and High School students. During this time, we ask that you make an even greater effort to reduce risk of exposure, including limiting personal interactions and quarantining if needed. Our goal is to return to in-person learning on Monday, January 11th healthy, safe and ready to learn.

Monday, January 4 – Wednesday, January 6: All Academy Distance Learning

Thursday, January 7 – Friday, January 8: NO CLASSES Mandatory testing of all students, faculty and staff (schedule forthcoming)

Monday, January 11: Return to in-person learning for all students, including High School returning to full-time in-person learning

We made the decision to test everyone again in order to maintain as safe an environment as possible for all students, faculty, staff and families. Testing of all students, faculty and staff will take place in Nardin Hall. More information about specific testing times will be available in the New Year.

Moving forward, Nardin will continue to test a percentage of our students, faculty and staff at random in accordance with state and local health mandates. If your child is chosen at random for testing, you will be notified by email by Clinic Director Hannah Sorge, BS, BSN, RN.

High School Full-Time, In-person
After the first semester of hybrid learning for our High School students, Nardin will move to full-time, five-day a week in-person learning for all of our 9th through 12th graders. To achieve this goal, we have converted various school spaces into classrooms, including the new gymnasium, wellness center and library.

Distance Learning
Distance Learning is available while school is in session only for students in Montessori Elementary, Lower, Middle and High School who meet the following criteria:

  • Tested positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to a person with a positive diagnosis and are under quarantine
  • Or, have been diagnosed with or live with someone in his or her household who has a qualified underlying health condition.

Students who meet these requirements will be fully remote while engaging in Distance Learning. To request Distance Learning for the second semester under these circumstances only, please contact your principal by Monday, January 4th.

Health Protocols
In the New Year, we will continue our daily wellness checks, temperature taking, mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing without pause. For the convenience of families, Nardin will be transitioning to an email/text-based school safety system called Ruvna. Families will receive a daily text and email message with a direct line to the new wellness check in system. This new system will be more efficient and user-friendly for our families. Nardin Chief Technology Officer Melissa Sheehan will be following up with an email to families with more information about the rollout of Ruvna in the coming days.

Nardin Together
This year has been reimagined in every way possible, yet we have all worked together to ensure our students are back in classrooms and our school is safe. By staying vigilant, we will keep our community healthy. To achieve this priority, we need your continued help and partnership.

Throughout the holidays, please continue to follow all safety guidelines from the state and county regarding gatherings, sports and other social occasions. By working together, we can keep our community healthy and safely return to school in January.

Thank you for your ongoing support of Nardin Academy.

Be well, be safe and God Bless,

Marsha Joy Sullivan