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COVID-19 Protocols

August 2023

Strategies for Everyday Operations:

  • Staying Up to Date on Vaccinations is recommended to prevent illness from many different infections, including COVID-19. This is the leading public health strategy to prevent severe disease.
  • Staying home when sick. Testing is recommended for people with symptoms of COVID19 as soon as possible after symptoms begin.
  • Ventilation to improve indoor air quality and reduce the risk of airborne spread of viruses and other contaminants. Currently, schools are equipped with adequate ventilation systems. Additional steps that can be taken to increase outdoor air intake and improve air filtration include safely opening windows and doors, including on school buses and other modes of transportation as needed.
  • Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette are essential to lower the risk of spreading viruses. Staff should teach and reinforce proper handwashing and how to cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Cleaning should consist of cleaning surfaces with appropriate cleaning solutions at least once a day to reduce the risk of germs spreading by touching surfaces.
  • Please support all students/ staff who prefer to always wear a mask while in school. (Mass.gov Mask Recommendations)

Symptomatic in school:

If students present with symptoms below, they are to be dismissed based on the School Nurse assessment:

  • Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills or shaking chills.
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Muscle aches or body aches
  • Cough (not due to other known causes, such as a chronic cough)
  • Sore throat, when in combination with other symptoms
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea when in combination with other symptoms.
  • Headache when in combination with other symptoms
  • Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms

Vaccinated student:

  • Get tested and isolate immediately if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

Asymptomatic students:

  • No asymptomatic person should be excluded from school as a result of exposure, regardless of vaccination status or exposure setting.
  • Contact Tracing will no longer be conducted.

Student tests positive for COVID-19:

  • Isolate for five days (to count days for isolation, day 0 is the first day of symptoms OR the day the positive test was taken), whichever is earlier. Return to school on the 6th day if symptoms have improved, and fever free for 24 hours without medication. Individuals must wear a mask upon return to school through Day 10 unless test negative after day six or later. If a child is unable to wear a mask, they may return to school with a negative test on day six or later.

Staff tests positive for COVID-19:

If a staff member becomes symptomatic while at school, a mask should be donned immediately.

  • Day 0 is the first day of symptoms OR the day the positive test was taken, isolate for five days or until symptoms and fever free without the use of medications. Must wear a mask upon return to school through Day 10 unless test negative after day six or later.
  • Please report cases of 3 or more to Amelia Houghton email.

Hand Sanitizer:

  • Access should be set up where school staff are typically present, such as common areas, hallways, and the front of classrooms. Hand sanitizer dispensers should not be placed in locations that children frequent unsupervised, like bathrooms or empty hallways. This vigilance is key for the safety of all students.
  • Parents are provided with an option to opt-out of hand sanitizer use.

Contacts:

Ann Marie Reynolds Lynch
Director of Nursing and Health Services
Office: 508-799-8554
Cellphone: 774-622-0609