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Covid-19 Protocols at School


Please STAY HOME if you have any of the symptoms listed below:

  • Fever (100.0° 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 cause, such as 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

Protocol for Symptomatic Individuals

Symptomatic protocol is regardless of vaccination status

If a student or staff develops any of the above symptoms at HOME, their return-to-school options are below, choose one:


Option A) -Receive a negative Covid-19 test, PCR or at-home rapid before returning to school

 

Option B) - Receive an alternate diagnosis for illness (i.e. strep throat, flu) from the doctor and provide the nurse with a doctor’s note documenting the alternate diagnosis. 

 

Option C)-Isolate at home for 5 days from the start of symptoms, returning on day 6 as long as you are fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication and symptoms have resolved.

 

 

 

 

If a student or staff develops any of the above symptoms at SCHOOL, they have four options:


Option A) - Symptomatic Testing at school: Shallow nasal swab samples are collected at school using the BinaxNOW rapid antigen test.  If negative, the individual may stay in school as long as symptoms are mild and fever free. 

*Consent to testing here: https://www.cic-health.com/consent/ma

 

Option B) - Dismissed home and require a negative Covid-19 test (PCR or at-home rapid) result to return to school.

 

Option C) - Dismiss home and receive an alternate diagnosis for illness (i.e. strep throat, flu) from the doctor and provide the nurse with a doctor’s note documenting the alternate diagnosis. 

 

Option D) - Isolate at home for 5 days from the start of symptoms, returning on day 6 as long as the individual is fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication, and symptoms have resolved.

 

Protocol for Individuals Testing Positive


  •  Self-isolation for COVID-19 positive cases is a minimum of 5 days from       symptom onset (first day of symptoms= day zero) or after positive test, if asymptomatic.
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  •       Return to school: After 5 days, and once the individual has:
  • Been without fever for 24 hours (without taking fever-reducing medications); 
  • Experienced improvement in other symptoms.
  • Following the 5-day isolation period, individuals use strict mask adherence for 5 additional days when around others. 

 

Asymptomatic Close Contacts at School

 

Updated testing guidance from DESE and DPH recommend that districts select the new option within the statewide testing program to offer weekly rapid at-home antigen tests to students and staff and discontinue contact tracing and Test and Stay programs. As such, for districts selecting this new option, individuals will no longer be identified as close contacts by school health professionals. Oxford has adopted this new option. 

Asymptomatic Close Contacts Outside of School

 

If your child has been identified as a close contact outside of the school setting, please contact your child’s school nurse for guidance. 

 

Masks & Face Coverings

 

In accordance with guidance and recommendations from the Center for Disease Control

(CDC), the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), the following requirements are in place until further notice.

 

  • Students and staff returning from a 5-day isolation following a positive COVID test are advised to follow strict mask use, other than when eating, drinking, or outside, and conduct active monitoring for symptoms, through day 10 of exposure.

 

  • Masks will be required in all school health offices, per the discretion of the School Nurse.

 

 

Updated 4/29/2022