COVID-19 Announcement (Wednesday, 11/17/21)
November 17, 2021
Dear Faculty and Families,
We are writing to notify you regarding a COVID-19 notification.
This afternoon a faculty member tested positive for COVID-19 on a molecular rapid test. This staff member was on campus during the period of infectiousness, but immediately left school this morning upon feeling symptoms and was able to be tested, receiving results in the late afternoon. We are wishing our team member well for a speedy recovery and the individual will remain off campus until receiving medical clearance to return. After receiving the results after school hours, we applied the COVID-19 timelines and procedures set forth for schools by DESE/DPH. (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 evening, any confirmed close contacts who require out of school quarantining were given those orders and any confirmed close contacts were notified by members of our Administration team regarding next steps. There are very few close contacts to this case due to our high vaccination rates, adherence to social distancing protocols, and mask wearing protocols for staff and students. (DESE/DPH defines close contacts as: “unvaccinated 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 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.
Although the timing closely follows our announcement last week of a positive student case, the Waltham Board of Health and the DESE Rapid Response Center determined that the staff who tested positive today is highly unlikely to be connected to last week’s positive student case, specifically due to the amount of time between the onset of symptoms in these cases. 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 and we hope that this email answers all of your questions. 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, Human Resources (Heather Miller: email@example.com), or our School Nurse (Lyn Ross: firstname.lastname@example.org), and we will be available to assist.