• Return to School COVID-19 Guidelines
    Under the guidance provided by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, these health and safety guidelines will be the expectation that will enable the safe opening of school for in-person learning this fall. In addition, we have included guidance on best practices where applicable. These requirements will be modified as needed. 


  • Self-Screening Responsibilities
    • Checking for symptoms each morning by families and caregivers is critical and will serve as the primary screening mechanism
       for COVID-19 symptoms.
    • Parents should not send their children to school if they exhibit COVID–19 symptoms or have a temperature of 100F or higher.
    • Screening procedures will not be required at the point of entry to the school. However, school staff (as well as bus drivers)
       will observe students throughout the day and refer students who may be symptomatic to the School Nurses' office.

  • New Mask Mandate – 8.25.21
    Effective immediately, the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education has implemented a mask mandate requiring all students, staff, and visitors to wear masks while indoors at all public schools.
     
    • All Students and staff are required to wear a mask/face covering in school regardless of vaccination status.
    • Students and staff are required to wear masks when entering the Nurse's Suite and School Based Health Center, per the Massachusetts
       Department of Public Health and DESE regulations.
    • On a school bus or school vehicle, masks/face coverings are required to be worn by everyone regardless of vaccination status
       per federal public health order. Students will not be allowed on to the school bus or school vehicle if they are not wearing a mask.
    • Face shields may be an option for those students with medical, behavioral, or other challenges who are unable to wear masks/
       face coverings. This option must be discussed and approved with our nurses and our administration.
    • For students and staff wearing face coverings, mask breaks will occur throughout the day. Breaks will occur when students can be six feet
       apart and ideally outside or at least with the windows open.
    • Masks/face coverings should be provided by the student/family, but extra disposable face masks will be made available by the school for
       students who need them. Reusable masks/face coverings should be washed daily.
    • Families experiencing financial hardship and unable to afford masks/face coverings are encouraged to contact Student Support Services.
    • All visitors must wear masks/face covering regardless of vaccination status. 

  • Transportation 
    We are following strict transportation regulations to ensure the safety of all students and drivers.

    School Bus
    • All passengers must wear masks, regardless of vaccination status.
    • Students will not be permitted on the school bus if they are not wearing a face mask/covering.
    • For purposes of contact tracing, students are required to sit in an assigned seat.
    • Bus windows will be kept open at all times.
    • Students must board at their assigned bus stops. NO EXCEPTIONS!

    Parent Drop-off
    • Unvaccinated students must wear a face mask prior to entry at the Fitness Center entrance and continue to wear it throughout the day.
    • Hand sanitizing stations will be available at all building entrance points. 
    • A staff member will be present to monitor student drop-off.

    Student Drivers
    • Unvaccinated student drivers must wear a face mask prior to exiting the vehicle and continue to wear it throughout the day.
    • Students parking in the A-Lot will enter through the 100 Wing doorway.
    • Students parking in the B-Lot and C-Lots will enter the building through the main entrance.
    • Hand sanitizing stations will be available at all building entrance points.

  • Physical Distancing
    • To the extent possible, we're striving to maximize physical distance between desks within our physical and operational constraints.
    • Students and staff will maintain a physical distance of three feet when feasible in common spaces such as hallways, cafeteria,
       and unstructured spaces.
    • Seating in the Cafeteria will return to a normal capacity level. Alternative space for eating lunch, representing individual desks spaced
       at a 6' distance, will be made available during all four lunches.

  • Hand Washing & Sanitizing
    • Students and staff are required to practice hand hygiene (hand washing or sanitizing) upon arrival to school, before eating, before putting
       on and taking off masks, after using the restroom, and before student dismissal.
    • When hand washing, individuals should use soap and water to wash all surfaces of their hands for at least 20 seconds, wait for visible lather,
       rinse thoroughly, and dry with an individual disposable towel.
    • If handwashing is not feasible, hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent ethanol or at least 70 percent isopropanol content will be used.
    • Hand sanitizers are placed at key locations (e.g., building entrances, cafeteria, hallways, and classrooms).

  • Nurse’s Health Care Suite 
    • A portion of the nurses’ suite was reconfigured to create a related isolation care center.
    • A separate space in the nurse’s suite is designated for routine medical care.
    • The school nurses will take additional precautions when dealing with a presumptive case including eye protection (e.g., face shield
       or goggles) and a mask/face covering. Precautions may also include gloves, disposable gowns or a washable outer layer of clothing
       depending on the duration of contact and especially if the individual may come into close contact with bodily fluids.
    • We will work with parents and caregivers to ensure your child is current on all standard vaccinations before they return to
       school. Additionally, health providers strongly recommend students and staff get their annual flu vaccine. 

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