Northampton Area Pediatrics, LLP
193 Locust Street 
Northampton, MA 01060
413-584-8700
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2020

Memorial Day

Monday, May 25

10:00am to 3:00pm

Urgent Care Only 

 

Independence Day (Observed)

Friday, July 3

10:00am to 3:00pm

Urgent Care Only 

 

Labor Day

Monday, September 7

9:00am to 5:00pm

Urgent Care Only 

 

Columbus Day

Monday, October 12

9:00am to 5:00pm

Urgent Care Only 

 

Thanksgiving Day

Thursday, November 26

9:00am to 12:00pm

Urgent Care Only 

 

Christmas Eve

Thursday, December 24

8:00am to 5:00pm

 

Christmas Day

Friday, December 25

11:00am to 2:00pm

Urgent Care Only 

 

New Year’s Eve

Thursday, December 31

8:00am to 5:00pm


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NEW OFFICE HOURS:
-The NAP Amherst office is now CLOSED temporarily

-NAP Northampton office will remain open 7 days a week
NO walk-ins
Monday – Friday 8am - 6pm
(as of Monday 7/27, we close at 7pm)

Saturday, Sunday, Holidays 10am - 3pm


COVID-19 Update - Reopening Schools

The most frequent and important question on our minds these days is what should happen with the upcoming school year. We have spent numerous hours reading the literature, discussing this topic and reviewing guidelines from the CDC, the Massachusetts Elementary and Secondary Department of Education and the American Academy of Pediatrics. We would like to share with you the statement below that summarizes our opinion.
 

July 21, 2020

Dear NAP Families,

COVID-19 has made every aspect of life more complicated and the return to school is no exception. We applaud and support our local school communities for working tirelessly to find a way to restart the school year safely. We do not presume to speak for school personnel, educators, staff, or other professionals serving our children, but as pediatricians and nurse practitioners advocating for the physical and mental well-being of children and their families, we want to contribute our medical perspective to this challenge.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recent statement recommends that any policy about returning kids to school should start with the goal of having children physically present in school. We support this objective, for reasons listed below, but for medical and non-medical reasons unique to each child and classroom, this goal may not be achievable in every circumstance. For this reason, we oppose any steps to force students or teachers to participate in in-person programs without regard to their individual circumstances.

There are a number of reasons to think that we can find a safe way to reopen schools.

First, while we are still learning much about COVID-19, it does appear that children under age 10 are at a lower risk of serious illness and are less likely to spread the virus than adults. It is reassuring that in other parts of the world where schools have reopened carefully, COVID-19 cases have generally not surged. 

Second, while our ability to safely reopen schools depends on our ability to keep virus transmission low in our community, Massachusetts has led the way for the nation by showing how social distancing can reduce the spread of coronavirus. Consequently, our disease counts are currently low. If we can continue to follow these evidence-based guidelines for mask wearing and distancing and we can continue to aggressively test and track cases with our colleagues in public health, then we can keep those counts low. If we can offer flexible options for online learning for children at high risk and children from households with high risk contacts or heightened levels of parental concern and can be prepared to return completely to distance learning should COVID-19 cases increase, then we can further limit cases and keep children safe. 

Third, while keeping children home from school may seem like a risk-free alternative, it is clear that this option can cause unintended harm. Schools provide critical services not only for education, but also for socialization, and for nutritional and physical health needs. As pediatricians we have seen the mental health stress created by social distancing and the struggles that some children with behavioral health or special needs have had with remote learning and the lack of in-person services. We have also seen how home-schooling strains parents facing pandemic-related stressors and how our patients who endure challenges of poverty or homelessness are further harmed.
     
There is no zero-risk plan available to return children to school. However, if we take the time to work together as a community, reduce the risk of spread in school by following the best evidence-based advice available, and respond flexibly to outbreaks if and when they do happen, we can find a way to allow our children to begin the school year in a safe manner. This will support the health and well-being of all children and families in our community.

For previous COVID-19 postings, please click COVID-19 News Archive

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