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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:


Option A) -Receive a negative Covid-19 test and send a copy of the test results to the school nurse 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 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 PCR or antigen 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); and,
  • Experienced improvement in other symptoms.
  • Following the 5-day isolation period, individuals use strict mask adherence for 5 additional days when around others. 

Protocol for Close Contacts Exposed at School



If a fully vaccinated student or staff is identified as a close contact:

  • Fully vaccinated students and staff are exempt from quarantine and testing protocol, but must monitor themselves for symptoms, which could occur up to 10 days.  If symptoms occur, follow the protocol for symptomatic individuals above. 

If an unvaccinated student or staff is identified as a close contact from an in-school exposure, choose one option below:



Option A) - Test and Stay BinaxNOW rapid antigen test. Tests are administered daily from the first day of exposure for five (5) days. 

Test and Stay testing is for IN-SCHOOL exposures ONLY.  

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

 

Option B) - 5 day quarantine with test on day 5 or after. Quarantine at home, testing on day 5 from exposure and returning to school on day 6 with a negative test. 


Protocol for Close Contacts Exposed Outside of School


  • Fully vaccinated students and/or staff are exempt from quarantine and testing protocol, but must monitor themselves for symptoms, which could occur up to 10 days.  If symptoms occur, follow the protocol for symptomatic individuals above.
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  • Unvaccinated students and staff must follow the 5 day quarantine with test on day 5 or after. Quarantine at home, testing on day 5 from exposure and returning to school on day 6 with a negative test. 

Protocol for Close Contacts with a Household Exposure

    • Fully vaccinated students and/or staff are exempt from quarantine and testing protocol, but must monitor themselves for symptoms, which could occur up to 10 days.  If symptoms occur, follow the protocol for symptomatic individuals above.
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  • Unvaccinated students and/or staff that have had a household exposure, must quarantine until the positive individual at home has completed their isolation period. At that point, the student/staff must be tested and produce a negative test result to return to school.  

  • Once at school, they may be Test and Stay tested for up to 3 days. Please contact your school nurse to get return dates and more guidance for this common situation.  

 

The following close contacts are exempt from testing and quarantine response 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: - The exposure occurred within 90 days of the onset of their own illness AND
    - The exposed individual is recovered and remains without COVID-19 symptoms.

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). 

Transportation

 

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

 

Travel Policy

  • International travel by a student or staff member requires proof of a negative Covid-19 test (rapid antigen or PCR) administered in the US after return, regardless of vaccination status.
     
  • Unvaccinated students or staff that travel out of state for 4 nights/5 days or longer must show proof of a negative Covid-19 test (rapid antigen or PCR) prior to returning to school.

For additional Frequently Asked Questions please see FAQ section on the DESE website:

https://www.doe.mass.edu/covid19/faq/default.html


Updated: 12/31/2021