NOCCS COVID-19 Response

Like every other school in the United States, and the world, NOCCS has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, the NOCCS community has come together to support one another throughout. Everyone will have a COVID story years from now; NOCCS community members will have each other as part of that story. 

NOCCS will resume 100 % in-person attendance for the 2021-22 school year, which begins August 9th. This is not, however, a 'return to normal' as much as we all wish for that normalcy. As much as we wish to put the COVID-19 pandemic behind us to focus exclusively on the intellectual and socio-emotional development of our scholars, we must remain vigilant. None of our children are vaccinated, some adults are not either, and variants of the virus are becoming widespread.

The NOCCS community should expect the following:

  • Students and staff will undergo a daily health check including temperature and declaration of no symptoms related to COVID-19.

  • Students and staff will continue to wear masks while on the NOCCS campus, including the yard and Linden Park.

  • Students and staff will thoroughly wash their hands upon arrival and after significant transitions. 

  • Students and staff will submit a negative COVID-19 test, or as applicable a proof of vaccination, to the NOCCS office by August 9th, 2021 (first day of school). Additional negative COVID-19 tests may be necessary after exposure or long breaks from school. 

    • If this is a significant hardship for your family, please contact the NOCCS office for support. 510-655-0540. 

  • Students and staff will generally observe learning pods of Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd/3rd, and 4th/5th, learning, doing recess and lunch together. 

    • Students will be crossing learning pods during Extended Day Program activities (morning care or after school). 

    • All-school assemblies will continue online for the foreseeable future. 

  • Students and staff will whenever reasonable maintain 3 feet distance from one another. 

    • Integral Arts teachers will generally observe 6 feet of distance from students. 

  • Visitors to the NOCCS campus, including families, will not be allowed in the main building except to facilitate necessary special education or social services. 


If anyone in the NOCCS community experiences any symptoms related to COVID-19 or otherwise feel ill, we are asking that you keep yourself and/or your child home until they are symptom free for 24 hours. 


Please review the community compact for in-person attendance. 


What you can do to prepare:

Video of sample Phase Three morning welcome:


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  • New HVAC system install in summer 2020 that will be blowing in fresh air to every room

  • Exhaust fans installed in every classroom

  • Air purifier in every classroom

Health Procedures-

  • All people in buildings will wear appropriate face masks

  • Social Distance (3 or 6ft) observed

  • All people entering building will submit to health check (including temperature)

Cleaning Protocols-

  • All people entering building will wash hands

  • Restrooms sanitized regularly

  • All rooms sanitized daily

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  • NOCCS staff tested for COVID-19 monthly or have received vaccination

  • NOCCS staff agreed to reopening plan on 2/10/2021

  • NOCCS staff have access to additional leave if needed to care for self or family impacted by COVID-19


  • Outside instruction when practical

  • Four separate  learning pods (kinder, 1st, 2nd/3rd, and 4th/5th) for instruction, recess, and lunch

  • Integrals (arts) and special education services will observe greater social distance but resume in-person service.


  • Students tested for COVID-19 prior to first day of attendance, and again after exposure.

  • Must wear appropriate face mask at all times

  • Following health protocols for all learning activities

  • Family member must be available for pick up if student experiences flu/cold symptoms of any kind.

Further details are available in this COVID-19 response document. NOCCS has worked continuously on tailoring information from the CDC, Alameda County Public Health Department and the California Department of Education in authoring our own reopening plan.

NOCCS is also closely monitoring the amazing work of our authorizing district, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), around COVID-19 response.

Here are additional sites of interest around responding to COVID-19: