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2021 School Opening Guidelines

A Message from the Head of School

Dear Friends,
Basketball icon, Michael Jordan, said, “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it or work around it.”
As we open a new school year, I’m reflecting on all of the obstacles we faced and moved through during the 2020–2021 school year.
Here we are, one year later, with teachers in school, happily setting up classroom environments, preparing curricula, attending professional development courses, and getting ready for a very different and exciting year of teaching, learning, and growth. 
The health and safety of everyone in our community remain at the center of our preparation. With all of the new, unfolding COVID and COVID variant information, I’m grateful (as always) to our Health and Safety Team for keeping us up to date with our plans to open school again for our students for the 2021–2022 school year. We acknowledge that the new safety plan is dynamic. As new information is released, we will be improving upon the plan, and ask you to keep informed with our most recent communications throughout the school year.
We have created this guide based on the latest CDC and DESE guidelines, and we will update it as needed throughout the school year. Please review it carefully and reach out if you have any questions.

Donna Milani Luther 
Head of School

Community Safety Guidelines

List of 17 items.

  • Protect Inly Pledge

    All Inly families, faculty, and staff will commit to the Protect Inly Pledge, which will be updated each trimester. In the event of a COVID-19 exposure or illness, Inly community members will communicate with the Health Office and adhere to quarantine, testing, and reporting policies. 
  • Covid Vaccination

    Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required by all Inly faculty, staff, and independent contractors. Available or reasonable accommodation (such as for medical or religious reasons) may be provided, if one exists that does not pose an undue hardship, meaning a significant difficulty or expense to the School.
  • Face Coverings

    As recommended by the CDC, all faculty, staff, visitors and students age 2 and above are required to wear a mask indoors except when eating or drinking, regardless of vaccination status. Toddler students under age 2 will be encouraged to wear a mask indoors. Masks are not required outdoors.
  • Hand Hygiene

    Hand hygiene is generally cited as the single most effective way to prevent the transmission of disease. We continue to encourage and maintain proper hand washing / sanitizing practices for the safety and well-being of our community. Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the campus, both indoors and outdoors, to be used when handwashing is not an option.
  • Physical Distancing

    The School will strive to maintain a distance of at least 3 feet between students when indoors.
  • Campus Cleaning

    Campus will be cleaned daily using EPA-approved disinfectants and sanitizers with special attention to high touch surfaces such as restrooms, the health office, and high traffic areas. Cleaning staff will wear appropriate PPE. Learning materials for students will continue to be stored in the classroom and classrooms will employ a ‘clean hands, clean works’ approach. Items will be sanitized as needed by the teacher using EPA-approved disinfecting products. Outdoor playground equipment will be sanitized daily at the end of the day. Areas such as diapering will be disinfected by the teacher as needed.
  • Ventilation

    In August 2020, Inly hired Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc. to evaluate air quality and help define air quality standards for the School in a COVID world. As a result of those findings, 70 HEPA air purifiers were purchased and installed around campus, with the goal of 5 air changes per hour (ACH). The School also adjusted the centralized mechanical filtration systems and upgraded to MERV-13 filters to provide improved filtration of air. In addition, any available windows are opened during the day to maximize air exchange.
  • Health Symptoms & When to Stay Home

    Families, faculty and staff are required to stay home when experiencing Covid-related symptoms and maintain open communication with the Health Office.

    Students should stay home if they are experiencing any of the following:
    • fever / chills (temperature 100.4º F or above) 
    • new cough
    • difficulty breathing/shortness of breath
    • new loss of taste or smell
    • sore throat
    • muscle aches/body aches
    • nausea / vomiting / diarrhea
    • unexplained fatigue

    AND/OR the following when in combination with other symptoms:
    • headache
    • nasal congestion / runny nose

    Please keep your child HOME if they have any of these symptoms. Consult with your primary care provider for evaluation, and be in touch with the Health Office. 
  • Quarantine & Returning to Campus

    Consistent with CDC and Massachusetts guidelines, Inly School requires a 10-day quarantine for confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19. 

    Individuals with a known exposure to the virus may return to campus after 10 days without symptoms AND NO TEST 
    after 7 days with a negative test on day five or later AND NO SYMPTOMS. 
  • Vaccinated & Exposed

    If you are vaccinated and exposed to COVID-19, you are required to get tested 3–5 days after exposure. You do not need to quarantine while waiting to get your test. If you receive a positive result, you will be required to isolate for 10 days. 
  • Outdoor Spaces

    Inly’s outdoor spaces will be used for classes and lunches as often as possible to encourage mask-free activities in the fresh air.
  • Lunch and Snacks

    Students will be required to bring their own snack and lunch to school each day. Where 3 feet of distance for mask-free eating cannot be maintained, snacks and lunch will be had at work stations with plexiglass dividers or in outdoor picnic areas.
  • Social Emotional Support

    The emotional wellbeing of our students continues to be a top priority. Inly’s Director of Counseling and Social Emotional Learning, Jenny Bright (formerly DuClos), will be readily available to support anxious students. If a family feels that additional support is required, a list of counselors will be provided.
  • Off-Campus Trips

    Students will be able to participate in day trips and off-campus field studies; there will be no overnight field studies at this time. Use of the School van is permitted, and all riders must be masked. 
  • Outside Visitors

    Parents, caregivers and other visitors will be allowed on campus. Visitors must wear a mask while indoors and maintain a 3-foot distance from others. All visitors will have their temperature taken and be screened for COVID-related symptoms upon arrival.
  • Travel

    Please plan your travel consistent with the mass.gov travel guidelines. School absences related to travel may require self-quarantine or testing before returning to campus.
  • Communication

    Inly is committed to complete transparency and will communicate quickly to parents regarding students, faculty, or staff members who have left campus because of symptoms or exposure to COVID-19.

    We ask for the same level of transparency from parents by monitoring health symptoms, keeping students home as needed, and notifying the Health Office of any COVID-related symptoms or COVID-19 exposure within your family.

    Communication Process
    • The parent of the student with symptoms will be called immediately.
    • A notification email will be sent to classroom parents, and a separate email sent to all parents and faculty/staff.
    • For staff and faculty, alerts will go out to the entire Inly community.
    • Additional communications will follow as needed.
    • The names of students, faculty, and staff members will be kept confidential.

What Families Say About Inly

Health Office

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Ryan Detwiler

    Ryan Detwiler 

    School Nurse, NP-C
    781-545-5544 x109
  • Photo of Kathryn Murdock

    Kathryn Murdock 

    School Nurse, RN
    781-545-5544 x109

Inly School

46 Watch Hill Drive | Scituate, MA 02066
Tel: 781-545-5544 | Fax: 781-545-6522
Welcome to Inly, a private, independent Montessori school with innovative programs that inspire toddlers, preschool and K-8 students to become independent, lifelong learners. Our inviting community draws students from 20 towns on the South Shore of Boston,
including Scituate, Cohasset, Hingham, Norwell, Hanover, Marshfield, Pembroke, Plymouth and Hull.
Inly School admits students of any race, color, religious affiliation, national and ethnic origin, and without regard to disability, to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at our school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious affiliation, national and ethnic origin, or disability in the administration of our educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school administered programs.