Coronavirus Updates

The information below is current as of March 31, 2021

Norwood's leadership team and school nurse continue to monitor developments related to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The health and safety of our school community is our highest priority as we coordinate our planning and response. This page is dedicated to Norwood School communications and resources related to this ever-evolving situation.

Every member of the Norwood community is expected to adhere to the health and safety protocols outlined in The Norwood Commitment.

Click here for additional information pertaining to Norwood's Distance Learning Program.

Current Status

Norwood launched the 2020-2021 academic year on Tuesday, September 8. Students in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten were the first to attend classes on campus (with the option to learn from home); students in grades 1-8 started the year in distance learning and were phased in for in-person instruction by grade throughout the month of October. Currently the School is operating with grades PK-4 on campus full time, and grades 5-8 on campus four days a week, Monday through Thursday. Friday is a distance learning day for all middle school students to allow for collaborating and socializing outside of their small learning cohorts.

Week of March 29: All grades in distance learning
April 5: Students, faculty, and staff return to campus for in-person learning (after submitting a negative COVID-19 test result)

On-campus COVID-19 testing is one of Norwood's most important protocols for keeping the community healthy and safe. Employees and students are tested every week. Beginning April 5, fully vaccinated employees are not required to be tested each week. Click here to see Norwood's COVID-19 testing dashboard, and click here to see the on-campus testing schedule.

Please check the School's calendar for the latest information on school events and programs.

Norwood School Reopening Plan - Fall 2020

Health & Safety Protocols

  • Face masks are required for faculty, staff, and students; neck gaiters and valve-style masks are not permitted.
  • All families, faculty, and staff must complete a health screening via the AUXS Safety App each morning.
  • Hand sanitizer must be used before entering any school building; frequent handwashing and/or sanitizing is required throughout the day.
  • Students are learning in small cohorts in a dedicated classroom where work spaces are at least six feet apart. 
  • Outdoor classes take place as often as possible.
  • Employees and students are tested for COVID-19 every week. Beginning April 5, fully vaccinated employees are not required to be tested each week.
  • Only students and employees are permitted inside school buildings.


Health Issues & Travel
Jessica Morataya, RN

Lower School Academics
Mike Risen

Middle School Academics
Michele Claeys

Juan Ramirez & Help Desk


Parents must take their child's temperature each morning and check for any of the symptoms/close contact listed on the Daily Health Assessment Checklist. If a child exhibits any of the symptoms on the list and/or has been in close contact or potentially exposed to COVID-19, they are not permitted to come to school. Faculty and staff are required to follow the same daily health assessment.

One or more of the following symptoms:
  • new onset of cough
  • shortness of breath
  • difficulty breathing
  • loss of sense of taste of smell
Two or more of the following symptoms:
  • fever above 100.4
  • chills or shivering
  • muscle pain
  • sore throat
  • sever headache
  • gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal pain)
  • fatigue
  • congestion or running nose
Close contact/potential exposure:
  • close contact (within 6 feet of infected person for at least 15 minutes) with a person with confirmed COVID-19
  • close contact with person under quarantine for possible exposure to COVID-19
  • traveled to an area that is reporting a large number of COVID-19 cases
  • lives in an area of high community transmission while school remains open
Note for Pre-Kindergarten Families: In compliance with the Montgomery County Office of Child Care (OCC) policy, the School will conduct a temperature check as each pre-K student arrives in the morning. Pre-K families are also required to conduct the Daily Health Assessment at home before coming to school.
Located in Bethesda, MD, Norwood School develops students in grades PK-8 into confident lifelong learners who have the academic, character, and leadership skills to succeed in high school and beyond. Recognizing that children are multi-faceted, Norwood provides many opportunities for safe risk-taking, exploration, discovery, and growth in a nurturing, supportive, and inclusive school community.