2022-23 Covid Protocols and Guidance

We are looking forward to beginning this upcoming school year with the pandemic a bit more behind us. We also know that COVID is still with us and we need continue with certain practices in our day-to-day operations.  We continue to benefit from the hard work and skill set of our dedicated nursing staff and we extend to them our ongoing thanks.  

Along with communications you will be receiving from your child’s school regarding the upcoming school year, we want to provide an updated overview of our COVID-related practices  that will be in effect at the start of the year.  Below is a summary of practices and policies that will continue, and others restrictions that can be discontinued.   

Continued Precautions and Resources in Schools 

  • Our schools will continue to be mask-optional and we will continue to provide messaging that normalizes an individual’s choice to wear a mask.  

  • We will continue to have air purifiers in rooms throughout each school 

  • We will continue to have disposable masks available at schools for staff/student/family use when needed

  • Health Offices within every school are still mask-required spaces 

COVID Testing

  • The state is no longer providing at-home tests to be distributed to staff or students. Individuals and families will need to obtain tests on their own.  

  • Nurse Offices at each school will have COVID tests to administer to those who show symptoms while in school. This is only available to students whose families have granted consent for testing, which you are asked to do as part of the annual PowerSchool registration.  

COVID Reporting 

  • We will continue to maintain our own internal tracking spreadsheet for COVID cases reported to the schools. This will allow us to monitor for any trends or increases that should be addressed.  

  • The school will discontinue sending email notifications to families of students in the classroom with a positive case.  

  • District COVID practices and updates will be posted on the Nursing Page of the AB website 

  • We will discontinue updating the “COVID Dashboard” that posts weekly/monthly COVID cases reported to the schools.  

Students Testing Positive for COVID 

  • Families should continue to inform the schools if and when their student tests positive for COVID.  

  • A student who tests positive for COVID will still be required to remain out of school (and isolate) for 5 days.  

  • A student may return to school on Day 6 with minimal and improving symptoms and remain masked durings Day 6 through 10.  

  • If a student tests negative on Day 5 (or after), they are not required to wear a mask at school

  • A student’s absence from school due to COVID will be treated the same as other absences for medical reasons in terms of make-up work, assignments, etc. 

Vaccines 

  • The District continues to encourage all staff and families to stay up to date with vaccines and boosters. Vaccines are an important protection against COVID - both in terms of contracting COVID and reducing the impact of COVID if they do test positive. 

Visitors and Meetings 

  • There are no longer COVID-related restrictions to visitors entering the building (parents/guardians, etc.) 

  • When feasible, remote and online meetings may be offered to accommodate families who may not be able to visit the school in person for a meeting.  This may apply to an IEP meeting, parent/guardian-teacher conference, etc.  

If you have any clarifying questions, please contact your building principal.  They will share with us any questions they are not able to address.  

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.


 
 
 
   
   

Massachusetts Department of Education Covid Information Website

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