• How Do You Identify a Close Contact?
    As established by the MA DPH and DESE, close contact is defined as individuals who have been within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive individual while indoors, for at least 15 minutes cumulative during a 24-hour period. During school, close contact is also with those who are wearing face masks but are within 3 feet of a COVID-19 positive individual for an extended period of time. When students cannot wear a face mask, during lunch, contact is within 6 feet.

    The Test & Stay protocol and contact tracing will no longer be in place. We have adopted the new at-home testing option put forth by DESE and DPH on January 31st. People will still need to isolate themselves if they test positive. They will need to quarantine if they are in close contact with a positive individual from outside of BVT. If staff or students test positive they will be asked to notify their close contacts. Individuals who test positive are considered contagious 2 days prior to symptom onset or if asymptomatic, 2 days prior to a positive test.


  • Self-Isolation
    Any staff or student who tests positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate and follow these guidelines.

    Self-Isolation is a MINIMUM of 5 days after symptom onset or
    after a positive PCR or antigen test, if asymptomatic.

    • You may return to school on day 6 after 5 days of self-isolation. Please note the day of
       symptom onset or if asymptomatic, a positive test is day ZERO. 
    • You may return to school on day 6 if you have had a great improvement in symptoms.
       If they are the same or worse, contact one of our nurses. (Note: Return to school should
       be based on time and symptom resolution or improvement. Testing during isolation to
       return to school is not required.)
    • You have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of Tylenol or Ibuprofen
    • Following the 5-day isolation period:
       • Individuals must mask for 5 additional days when around others (days 6 through 10)
       • While at school, students will eat during shop break and lunch in the Annex where
          social distancing can be accommodated.

  • Quarantine 
    Please follow these guidelines if you have to quarantine based on a close contact designation.

    Close contacts who are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic:   
    • Do not have to quarantine
    • Best practice is to do a viral test (antigen or PCR) for COVID-19 on day 5 after exposure, which is day zero.
    • Wear a face mask for 10 days after exposure, other than when eating or drinking. Shop break/lunch needs to occur in the Annex.
    • Monitor for symptoms of illness through day 10. If symptoms develop, stay home and follow guidelines for symptomatic individuals.

    Close contacts who are NOT fully vaccinated and asymptomatic: 
    Close contacts from within our school do not have to quarantine, follow the above guidelines. Close contacts from outside our school do need to quarantine.  
    • Quarantine at least 5 days from the date of exposure, which is day zero.
    • Best practice is to do a viral test (antigen or PCR) for COVID-19 on day 5 after exposure.
    • Staff or students may return to school on day 6 as long as they:
       • Remain asymptomatic 
       • Wear a face mask through day 10, other than when eating or drinking. Shop break/lunch needs to occur in the Annex 
       • Conduct active monitoring of symptoms through day 10, self-isolate if symptoms develop and follow these guidelines.

    Please Note: 
    If an individual has symptoms at the time they are designated a close contact or within the 5 days following initial exposure, they should follow the protocol for symptomatic individuals. If an individual tests positive at any time, they follow the protocol for individuals who test positive for COVID-19.  An antigen test may be self-administered and does not need to be proctored or performed by a healthcare professional. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this challenging time.

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  • Online Testing Consent 
     


    BinaxNOW COVID-19 Testing
    Whether staff or student, consent
    for the BinaxNOW COVID-19 testing,
    can be completed through CIC Health.


    QUESTIONS?
    If you have any questions or concerns
    regarding COVID-19 testing, feel free
    to contact our school nurses:
     
    Kathy Pichel, RN
    Nurse Leader
    508–529–7758  x3006
    kpichel@valleytech.k12.ma.us

    Stephanie Dunham, RN
    School Nurse
    508–529–7758  x3005
    sdunham@valleytech.k12.ma.us