COVID-19 Announcement (Wednesday, 11/10/21)
November 10, 2021
Dear Faculty and Families,
We are writing to notify you regarding a presumptive COVID-19 notification.
This morning we were informed that one of our students tested positive for COVID-19 on a rapid test. This student remained out of school and has proceeded with follow-up PCR testing for confirmation. The student is awaiting the results of the PCR testing, but Milestones has treated this case as a presumed positive. We are wishing our student well for a speedy recovery, and the individual will remain off campus until receiving medical clearance to return.
During the school day we applied the COVID-19 timelines and procedures set forth for schools by DESE/DPH. This student was on campus during the period of infectiousness but before presenting with any signs of illness. (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”).
This morning potential close contacts who require out of school quarantining were sent home from school, and all potential close contacts were notified by our School Nurse and/or members of our Administration team 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 did not speak with 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.
This is Milestones’ first positive student case that has required school-based contact tracing. Although the timing closely follows our announcement earlier this week of a positive faculty case, the student who tested positive today was not identified as a close contact of the prior case. In reflection, we are very appreciative of our partnership with families and faculty through what included both early and transparent notification today as well as efficient cooperation and teamwork.
Thank you for your attention. As always, staff and families should please continue to monitor for symptoms according to our daily health attestations. 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.