The Newburyport Public Schools (NPS) works closely with the Newburyport Board of Health and a Medical Advisory Team to implement recommendations and guidance from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), and CDC.
Decisions about NPS safety protocols are made with consideration of our local metrics (e.g. student and staff vaccination rates, City of Newburyport positivity rates, District positivity rates) and in line with local, state, and federal guidance. The NPS Medical Advisory Team meets as needed to review local data and respond to any changing regulations.
We encourage all eligible students and staff to get vaccinated and get a booster when eligible. According to the CDC, “Vaccination is the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Promoting vaccinations can help schools safely return to in-person learning as well as extracurricular activities and sports.”
The COVID-19 vaccination is free and available for all people age 5 and older. The booster is available for everyone ages 12 and older. For information on local vaccination options, see the Mass.gov vaccination site.