• Coronavirus 1

  • Our COVID-19 Health Guidelines
    We are looking forward to a successful 2022–2023 school year as we learn how to live healthy and productive lives with COVID-19. This would not be possible without guidance from the MA Department of Public Health (MA DPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC Guidelines put forth on August 11, 2022, and the MA DPH Guidelines became effective on August 15, 2022, are outlined below. 

    BVT no longer has a testing program for COVID-19. The only place testing can be performed in school is through the School Based Health Center, where both rapid antigen testing and rapid molecular testing will be offered. We've been informed insurance companies are providing 8 FREE tests per family member, per month. They are distributed through your local pharmacies.

    Additionally, our school nurses no longer have to perform contact tracing for those students and staff who test positive. The individual will be asked to notify their close contacts. A positive individual is considered contagious 2-days prior to symptoms of illness onset OR for those who are asymptomatic, 2-days prior to a positive test.


    IMPORTANT NOTE TO STUDENTS & PARENTS
    For any medical issue you might have, including surgery, illness, exposure to a COVID-positive individual, or if they need to be tested or have been tested for COVID-19, please notify our school nurses and NOT the academic or shop teachers. 


  • Fever & Symptoms
    We have learned that many symptoms of COVID-19 are the same as the flu, a bad cold, or bad allergies. Please do not assume it is another condition. When in doubt, keep your child home.
    COVID-19 Symptoms
    Fever (100.0 degrees Fahrenheit or higher), chills or shaking chills 
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Muscle aches or body aches
    • Cough (not due to other known causes, such as a chronic cough)
    Sore throat when in combination with other symptoms
    Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea when in combination with other symptoms
    Headache when in combination with other symptoms
    Fatigue when in combination with other symptoms
    Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies)
       when in combination with other symptoms 
     

    We understand it is impossible to get through a school year without illness. For this reason, please call our Nurse's Office at 508–529–7758  x3006 or  x3005 to discuss any symptoms your child may be experiencing and whether they should come to school or not. We acknowledge that this time frame is too late as students are already en-route to school. Again, when in doubt, keep your student home. For these families, you can call the Nurse's Office any time after 8:00 a.m. to further discuss and have questions answered.

  • Illness at School
    For students who become ill at school and are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, they will be in a separate part of the health suite, away from any staff or students who do not have ill-appearing symptoms. Please make sure your Emergency Contact Information is up-to-date in iPASS/PowerSchool and with the Nurses' Office so that if your child is dismissed due to illness, it can be done promptly.

  • Quarantine & Isolation
    Regardless of vaccination status, QUARANTINE is no longer required.

    • All exposed individuals may continue to attend school as long as they remain
       asymptomatic
    .
    • It is recommended individuals mask through day 10 after exposure.
    • It is recommended you test on day 6 after exposure. Day zero is the day of exposure.
    Symptomatic individuals 
    • Should perform a rapid antigen test at home.
    • If a home test is negative, they may return to school if symptoms remain mild,
       they have been fever free for 24 hours without Tylenol/Ibuprofen, or if a medical
       professional makes an alternative diagnosis. A negative test is strongly recommended
       for a return to campus.
    • Upon return, they should wear a face mask until symptoms are fully resolved.
    • DPH recommends a second test within 48 hours if the initial test is negative.
    Isolation
    • Students and staff who test positive must be isolated for 5 days.
    • Day zero is the day of a positive test for asymptomatic individuals OR the first day of
       symptoms for symptomatic individuals.
    • Students and staff may return to school on day 6 if they have no symptoms of illness,
       their symptoms of illness are greatly improved, and they have been fever free for
       24 hours without Tylenol/Ibuprofen.
    • Those who CHOOSE NOT to do a rapid antigen test at home on day 5 will need to
       wear a high-quality face mask (a surgical mask, KN95, and N95) through day 10.
    • Those who CHOOSE to do a rapid antigen test at home on day 5 and it is negative,
       do NOT need to wear a face mask through day 10. Those who test positive will
       remain in isolation.
    • If you choose to test, please send an image of the negative test to the nurses.
       Please write the time and date the home test is performed. If we have not received
       the negative test result, those individuals will need to wear a face mask through day 10.

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  • Masking Guidelines 
     

    Mask

    WEARING A MASK
    ON CAMPUS

    8.15.22 
    Although there is no longer any state-wide
    masking mandate in schools, masks still
    need to be worn in the Nurses' Office.
    If you do not have a face mask,
    one will be provided.

    Staff and students who wish to continue
    to wear a face mask, including those
    who face a higher risk from COVID-19,
    will be supported in that choice.



    QUESTIONS?
    If you have any questions or concerns
    regarding COVID-19, please feel free
    to contact our school nurses:
     
    Kathy Pichel, RN
    Nurse Leader
    508–529–7758  x3006
    Stephanie Dunham, RN
    School Nurse
    508–529–7758  x3005