COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures

  • The health and safety of our students, staff, families, and community are of critical importance to New Trier High School. We are continually taking steps to return to a more normal school environment while still taking precautions to protect our community from the spread of COVID-19 and its variants. 

    Our top priority is to keep all students learning safely in school every day. To do this, we must reduce the chance of COVID-19 outbreaks that could keep some or all of our students home. You can read our full 2021-2022 Operational Plan that we put in place to begin the school year here . 

    Changes from 2020-2021 School Year

    In our return to a more typical school year, these changes will be in place when students return to school on Monday, August 23: 

    • In-person learning 5 days a week; no hybrid learning
    • Social distancing is still encouraged but is reduced from a required 6 feet to 3 feet, allowing classroom capacities to return to normal.
    • Hands-on and group activities can take place in the classroom as normal.
    • No more checking into open areas; students may move about both campuses as normal.
    • Athletics, performing arts, and clubs will meet in person on a typical schedule. 

    Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

    Please send your student's COVID-19 vaccination record including an update with any booster shots, to healthservices@nths.net . While providing proof of vaccination is voluntary, New Trier will assume any student without a record on file is unvaccinated, and those students may need to follow health protocols for unvaccinated individuals.

    COVID Testing

    New Trier will provide free, weekly PCR COVID-19 saliva testing through the University of Illinois' Shield Program. Testing will take place at school on designated days as follows: 

    No testing on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Fridays

    Northfield Campus - Cornog Lobby (E Building)
    Monday and Thursday
    11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
     
    Winnetka Campus - Gaffney Lobby
    Monday and Thursday
    9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

    Other Mitigation Strategies

    One of the most important strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home if you feel sick. As this pandemic continues, it is more important than ever to keep away from others if you are symptomatic, even if you aren't sure if you have COVID-19, and to contact your healthcare provider for guidance.  Please use the instructions to Report an Absence for your student through the PowerSchool Parent Portal .

    It is imperative that parents immediately contact Health Services at New Trier if their student is diagnosed with COVID-19 by calling 847-784-2110 or by emailing healthservices@nths.net .

    If your child and exhibits any COVID symptoms such as Fever (100.4°F or higher), new onset of moderate to severe headache, shortness of breath, new cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of sense of taste or smell, fatigue from unknown cause, muscle or body aches from unknown cause, they should stay home from school and a negative COVID-19 diagnostic test is recommended before they return to school. 

    Another important mitigation strategy is to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The higher the level of vaccination in our community and school, the less disease we will see in our school and the less we will need to rely on other mitigation strategies. We are pleased that over 92% of our students and over 96% of our staff are vaccinated, with more reporting they are vaccinated each day.

    New Trier also continues to follow enhanced cleaning, ventilation, and hand washing and sanitizing procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Students will generally be at least 3 feet apart in classrooms and are encouraged to social distance inside and outside of school. 

    Positive School Community

    New Trier students and staff should respect the decisions others have made that might be different from their own, as long as everyone abides by school rules. These may include decisions about vaccines, travel, mask wearing outside of school, etc. Teasing, bullying, or harassment of any kind will not be tolerated and will be subject to discipline.

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