Important Information for 2021-2022
*IMPORTANT UPDATE JAN. 4, 2022*
What to I do if my child tests positive/is exposed to COVID-19?
Family COVID-19 Case/Exposure Reporting Form
If your student or someone else in your household tested positive or has been exposed to an individual who tested positive for COVID (not identified by the school), please complete the form below. This information will only be used to initiate contact with you and will be kept confidential. Thank you for your cooperation in helping keep our community safe!
|Once you complete the form, there is no need to also call the school/school nurse.|
What to do if your student has tested positive for COVID.
2. He/she could be released from isolation on day 6, if ALL of these are true:
- No fever for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication)
- No vomiting/diarrhea for 24 hours
- All other symptoms, if any, have improved
- Student continues to consistently wear a well fitted mask through day 10
- Maintain social distancing, 3 feet if masked, 6 feet if unmasked for any reason (i.e. lunch)
a. Monitor for all symptoms of COVID, especially those listed below.
- Fever (100.4 or above)
- New onset of moderate to severe headache
- Shortness of breath
- New cough
- Sore throat
- New loss of sense of taste or smell
- Fatigue from unknown cause
- Muscle or body aches from unknown cause
b. If you have any other students in the district that live in the household and are unvaccinated, they will need to quarantine for 5 days following last contact with your positive student. If they are able to remain separate from the individual who tested positive, and they continue to wear a well-fitted mask through day 10, their release date will be the same (day 6). If they will have ongoing exposure to your positive student, please notify the school as this guidance will change.
c. Vaccinated students may stay in school as long as they remain asymptomatic and do not have ongoing exposure in the home.
7. Please allow 24 hours after initial contact with the school to receive information about remote learning.
What to do if your student has been exposed to COVID inside or outside your household.
a. If unvaccinated, please quarantine your student at home for 5 days following last contact (day 0) and try to keep them separate from the individual who tested positive. Your student will not be permitted to attend any school activities during this time.
b. If your student is vaccinated, please confirm the school has their vaccine dates on file. If they remain asymptomatic, they may continue to attend school.
2. If unvaccinated, he/she could be released to come to school (and other activities) on day 6 as long as they remain asymptomatic and can continue to wear a well fitted layered mask through day 10. When unmasked for any reason (ie lunch), they must also remain 6 ft distance from others.
3. Monitor for COVID-like symptoms (regardless of vaccination status):
a. fever (100.4 or above)
b. new onset of moderate to severe headache
c. shortness of breath
d. new cough
e. sore throat
h. new loss of sense of taste or smell
i. fatigue from unknown cause
j. muscle or body aches from unknown cause
4. If your student develops symptoms during quarantine, please have them tested as soon as possible and notify the school.
5. Laboratory testing (not a rapid antigen test) is recommended 5-7 days following last contact, even if your student is vaccinated and/or not experiencing symptoms.
a. Unfortunately, a negative test will not shorten the quarantine.
6. Please allow 24 hours after initial contact with the school to receive information about remote learning.
2021-2022 Road Back to School Plan
**REVISED August 23, 2021**
A Special Message from District 153 School Board President Shelly Marks
"Grace will help school staff deal with pandemic stress" An Op-Ed for the HF Chronicle by District 153 School Board President Shelly Marks, Sept. 22, 2021
The safety of these children is our number one concern. We know that it is scary to be a parent right now. Every decision we make has as the highest priority keeping our school community healthy and safe.
The controversy about the best way to do this creates a layer of stress that we are living with. We are doing our very best to make good decisions in spite of the difficulty in doing so in the midst of everchanging guidance, information and recommendations.
I’d like to give some insight into what is happening inside of our buildings. By necessity, our talented administrators, school secretaries and nurses have been pressed into service as public health COVID managers. Rather than being educational leaders that they trained to be, their days are consumed with answering COVID related questions, contact tracing and quarantine planning.
They respond to emails, phone calls and messages that contain questions, criticism and concerns about our COVID procedures. Too often they are on the receiving end of parents who are either angry that the school district is doing too much or too little in terms of COVID mitigation.
Our teachers are managing their classrooms in order to maintain a safe, friendly learning environment. They have had to get away from using teaching methods they know to be best--for example having students work together in small groups--in order to maintain as much distance between students as possible. The challenge of serving students in their classroom as well as those who are quarantined is daunting. And yet the teachers are there for their students every day ready to help them learn.
In addition to COVID prevention and mitigation, our schools, like private businesses, are dealing with the added stressor of personnel shortages. We do not have enough substitute teachers. School and district administrators are filling in where needed and teachers are giving up planning periods in order to fill in. Nor do we have enough bus drivers. To give you some idea of the scope of the national bus driver shortage, the state of Massachusetts is calling out the National Guard to drive school buses. Our lunch staff also is stretched thin. We know all this impacts your child’s day.
Working within the constraints of personnel shortages puts stress on everyone including those who are doing extra duty so that we can function in the way we both want and need to.
Quite frankly our talented staff needs some grace. Our principals, nurses and school secretaries are dealing every day with peoples’ charged emotions. Our administrators, teachers, support staff and bus drivers deserve your thanks for the job they are doing.
Please understand that every single person who has dedicated themselves to your child’s wellbeing may be close to reaching their breaking point, and it is only one month into the school year. While our staff loves what they do, it has never been more difficult or stressful to work in a school than it is today. They have other job options and we need to do all we can to collectively build them up and show thanks for what they are doing.
I am asking you to be part of the solution: Please work with us not against us.
I promise you that we will do everything in our power to work with you to create a safe, nurturing environment where your children can learn and thrive. Be our partner in showing your appreciation, supporting the efforts of our besieged staff and most of all, showing grace and respect in our interactions with each other.
President, District 153 School Board