2021-2022 Covid-19 Dashboard for COVID-19 Information/Updates
- 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.
- All students and staff are required to wear masks on district provided transportation at this time.
- 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).
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.
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.
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.
- 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.