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2021-2022 Covid-19 Dashboard for COVID-19 Information/Updates

 

Learning Models

  • The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released guidance on May 27, 2021 and updated information on July 30, 2021 requiring  that all Massachusetts school districts  be in-person, full-time, five days a week for fall 2021-22. At this time, the Oxford Public Schools cannot operate a hybrid or remote learning academy for 2021-22. 

 

Masks & Face Coverings

 

  • Effective Monday, August 25, 2021 – all students, staff, and visitors at the Oxford Public Schools will be required to wear masks while indoors. This is regardless of vaccination status and applies to all grade levels (PreK-12). 

 

  • Accommodations will be made for those individuals for whom face masks are not possible due to severe medical conditions, disability impact, a significant impediment to communication or other health or safety factors.  A written note from a physician submitted to the school nurse is required to request an exemption. If families have questions, please contact your school nurse directly. Families may not excuse their child from the face mask requirement by signing a waiver. 

Transportation

 

  • All students and staff are required to wear masks on district provided transportation at this time. 

 

Extra-Curricular Activities

 

  • All athletics, performing arts, after-school, and other extracurricular activities are required to follow the district’s Face Coverings policy. 
  • Masks are required for any sports related activity for student-athletes and coaches when indoors, in alignment with guidance provided by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA).   
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Notification of Positive Cases

  • Notification of a positive Covid person at your child’s school will come from the building principal via email. 
  • Notification of being identified as a close contact will come from the building nurse via telephone AND an official letter from the building principal via email. 

COVID-19 Test and Quarantine Protocol

In-school close contacts who are not exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols and are asymptomatic follow the guidelines in Protocol B below. Please communicate with the school nurse to decide which option is best for your child. 

Protocol B-1: Test and Stay (for in school exposures)

Duration of Test and Stay: 7 days from the date of exposure 

Return to School: Close contacts can remain in school and do not have to quarantine, as  long as they: 

o Are asymptomatic 

o Wear masks in school at all times, other than when eating or drinking. When these  individuals cannot be masked (i.e., when eating or drinking) they should maintain 3 feet of distance from other individuals to the extent feasible.  

o Take a rapid antigen test (e.g., BinaxNOW) on each school day and receive a  negative result. When the 7 days from date of exposure includes weekends or  holidays, individuals should quarantine on weekends, and if they remain  

asymptomatic, upon return to school be tested immediately. If the individual  remains negative, they can stay in school.  

o Conduct active monitoring for symptoms through day 14, and self-isolate at home  if symptoms develop.  



Protocol B-2: Traditional protocol (if family or adult individual chooses not to participate in Test and Stay)

Duration: Quarantine is at least 7 days from the date of exposure 

Return to School: After 7 days, returning on day 8, provided that they: 

o Remain asymptomatic 

o Receive a COVID test (PCR or rapid antigen) on day 5 or later and receive a  negative result 

o Conduct active monitoring for symptoms through day 14, and self-isolate if  symptoms develop.  



Protocol B-3: Alternate protocol for those who choose not to receive a COVID test

Duration: Quarantine is at least 10 days from the date of exposure8 

Return to School: After 10 days, returning on day 11, provided that they:

o Have not experienced symptoms up to this point 

o Conduct active monitoring for symptoms through day 14 and self-isolate if  symptoms develop.  


Quarantine for household exposures


Please contact your child’s school nurse to discuss quarantine requirements for household exposures.


Protocol C: Protocol for symptomatic individuals 

Protocol C applies to vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals who experience the COVID 19 symptoms listed in Section 1 applicable to their status. 

Protocol C for symptomatic individuals:

Protocol C-1 : Return to school post-symptoms with test

• If an individual has mild symptoms, the individual may be considered for testing using  BinaxNOW, if available.  

  • If the result is positive, they should be sent home and follow Protocol A o If the result is negative, they should remain in school.  
  • If the minimal symptom(s) persist, the individual may be re-tested within the  subsequent 3 days. If symptoms worsen, the individual should seek medical care and  be evaluated for the need for PCR testing. 

Return to school post symptoms without AbbotBinax Now test performed at school

Duration: Dependent on symptom resolution 

Return to School: Individuals may return to school after they: 

  • Have received a negative PCR test result for COVID-19. Note: So long as the  individual is not a close contact, if a medical professional makes an alternative diagnosis for the COVID-19-like symptoms, the individual may use this  recommendation (e.g., for influenza or strep pharyngitis) in lieu of a PCR test. 
  • Have improvement in symptoms 
  • Have been without fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing  medications.  

Note: If the symptomatic individual was a close contact who is not exempt from  testing and quarantine response protocols, after symptoms resolve and they receive a  negative PCR test, they should follow Protocol B-1 for Test and Stay.  

  • If Test and Stay is not available or the family or adult individual opts not to  participate, they follow Protocol B-2 or B-3.

Protocol C-2: Alternative protocol for symptomatic individuals who are not close contacts and choose not to receive a COVID test to return to school

Duration: Isolation is at least 10 days from symptom onset9 

Return to School: After 10 days, returning on day 11, assuming they: o Have improvement in symptoms 

o Have been without fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing  medication. 


Close Contacts that are Exempt from Quarantine Protocols

  • Asymptomatic, fully vaccinated close contacts: Individuals who are asymptomatic and  fully vaccinated are exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols. 
  • Classroom close contacts: An individual who is exposed to a COVID-19 positive  individual in the classroom while both individuals were masked, so long as the  individuals were spaced at least 3 feet apart, is exempt from testing and quarantine  response protocols.  
  • Bus close contacts: Individuals on buses must be masked according to federal  requirements. As such, individuals who are masked on buses when windows are open are  exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols.  
  • Close contacts who have had COVID-19 within the past 90 days: An individual who  has been previously diagnosed with COVID-19 and then becomes a close contact of  someone with COVID-19 is exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols if:  

o The exposure occurred within 90 days of the onset of their own illness AND 

o The exposed individual is recovered and remains without COVID-19 symptoms.  


 

Symptomatic Testing Protocol

  • This testing will be available at all schools to students and staff who develop symptoms while at school and will require permission from a parent/guardian for students. Reminder: Do not send your child to school if they are symptomatic. 
  • Results will be available in 15 minutes. If negative, individuals can remain in school. Positive test results will result in immediate dismissal. 
  • Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 or has undiagnosed COVID-19-like symptoms, will be dismissed as soon as possible and will not be permitted to travel on any school transportation.

Vaccinations

 

  • We are offering a COVID-19 vaccination clinic Friday 9/10 at 8am for students and their household families, and  staff.  The vaccination clinic will take place in the OHS Community Room. The second dose is scheduled for 10/1 at 8am. COVID-19 vaccination is highly encouraged for eligible individuals to reduce the risk of quarantine and illness.