A HEALTHY EDUCATION
DURING COVID-19

2nd Nature Academy is situated on a 39 acre campus in South Nashua, NH/Dunstable, MA and abuts roughly 700 acres of pristine conserved and protected land. 2nd Nature Academy classes regularly utilize this outdoor space for inquiry and exploration, Project Based Learning experiences, Place-based Education opportunities, and environmental science activities, as well as other authentic, hands-on, learning practices. Our new, healthy, high-performance school building boasts spacious, well appointed classrooms with large windows that provide ample natural daylight and natural air flow. Small class sizes, flexible seating options, and creative classroom arrangements enhance the learning experience and provide for social distancing while indoors.

Current State of NH and public health guidelines strongly encourage outdoor time whenever possible. With abundant open air classroom spaces, multiple fields, expansive forests, an educational animal barn, school vegetable gardens, freshwater ponds, glacial eskers, rolling hills, and seasonal wetlands and bogs, there is adequate space for all classes to participate in meaningful outdoor educational experiences throughout the day.

2021-2022 School Year

 

We feel that the social, emotional, and physical development of children is paramount. Essential skills such as peer conflict resolution, problem solving, collaboration, communication, empathy, creativity, mindfulness, and critical thinking are best developed through in-person interactions. 2nd Nature Academy therefore intends to hold in-person, on-campus classes. Should a rise in local COVID-19 cases necessitate additional implementations, restrictions, or provisions, we will inform all enrolled families.

Health and Safety

 

2nd Nature Academy is keeping up with the latest health and safety recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) COVID-19 Guidance for Safe Schools, and State of NH COVID-19 School & Childcare Toolkit.

COVID-19 policies include:​

  • Mask use for all staff and students in preschool through grade 12, regardless of vaccination status

    • Indoors at all times

    • Outdoors whenever social distancing is not possible

  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting using EPA-approved cleaners and sanitizers

  • More frequent handwashing for children and adults​​

  • Maintaining small cohorts of students

  • Increased use of outdoor spaces in both frequency and duration, including outdoor classrooms

  • Limiting access to campus buildings to personnel and students

  • Refraining from mixing groups of students throughout the day

  • Use of flexible seating arrangements to maintain social distancing while in classrooms

  • Reconfigured drop-off and pick-up procedures, including separate entrances for classes

  • Classroom windows open

  • Staggered lunchtimes with social distancing (6+ feet)

  • Heat recovery ventilation system in all buildings