COVID-19 Announcement (Sunday, 11/28/21)
November 28, 2021
Dear Faculty and Families,
We hope that you enjoyed a beautiful Thanksgiving holiday and long weekend. I am writing to notify you about a COVID-19 announcement.
This morning (Sunday, 11/28) we were informed that one of our students tested positive for COVID-19 on a rapid PCR test. Although testing took place today, we applied the COVID-19 timelines and procedures set forth for schools by DESE/DPH and the student was identified as being on campus during the period of infectiousness. (DESE/DPH defines the infectious period as: “The infectious period begins 2 days prior to symptom onset. If someone is asymptomatic, the infectious period is considered to begin 2 days prior to the collection of a positive test result”). We are wishing our student well for a speedy recovery, and the individual will remain off campus until receiving medical clearance to return.
Our team has completed the contact tracing process, and we appreciate today’s strong collaboration from faculty and families. All potential close contacts have spoken with our School Nurse and/or members of our Administration team this afternoon or evening regarding next steps. (DESE/DPH defines close contacts as: “individuals who have been within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive individual while indoors, for at least 15 minutes during a 24-hour period. Please note that the at-risk exposure time begins 48 hours prior to symptom onset or time of positive test if asymptomatic and continues until the time the COVID-19 positive individual is isolated”).
If you were not contacted by our School Nurse and/or an Administrator today regarding this situation, you (staff) or your child (families) were not identified as a potential close contact and there is no change to your schedule.
In this instance, we are permitted to share that the individual was identified as having close contact exposure outside of school. This student also is assigned to a different area of the school than recent Milestones cases.
As you’re likely aware, there has been a significant uptick in positive cases in Massachusetts. Staff and families should please continue to vigilantly monitor for symptoms according to our daily health attestations and stay home and be in touch with our School Nurse for direction if symptoms develop.
Thank you for your attention. Should you have any additional questions, please feel free to notify me or our School Nurse (Lyn Ross: email@example.com), and we will be available to assist.