COVID-19 Parent/Guardian Communication Guide
Just like in typical years, when families have contingency plans for events that cause Falmouth Public Schools to delay or close schools, such as water main breaks or inclement weather, families will need to have a backup plan for potential COIVID-19 impacts on instruction for your child. Using state-developed protocols, if a student or staff member tests positive in a classroom, in a school, or in the district, there may be COVID-19 related shifts in instruction.
The district will use data that we will monitor daily and use the information provided to us by public health officials and medical experts to make these decisions. We know you have questions about what will happen at school. First, know this: if a student or staff member in one of our schools tests positive for COVID-19, we will send that person home and begin contact tracing immediately.
As part of that contact tracing, if your student has had direct exposure (close contact for more than 15 minutes within less than six feet) to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, they will begin quarantine procedures and you will receive a telephone call from your school, followed by an email.
If your student has been in a classroom setting but farther than six feet from an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, there will still be contact tracing. As a result, you may receive an email from your school.
We will do everything we can to make our schools as safe as possible. We need your help outside of the school day, too! Please make sure that your student and your family are not engaging in high-risk activities outside of school. Wear masks in public and avoid large group gatherings. For example, this is not the time to host a big family “sweet 16” birthday party unless masks and social distancing are possible. Events like this make it harder for us to stay in school. We hope the following detailed explanation helps you understand our process.
As always, our goal is to send you timely, accurate and clear information. We will make all decisions related to COVID-19 using our own data that we monitor carefully daily and the information provided to us by public health officials and medical experts.
What should a parent/guardian do if their student or another member of their household tests positive for COVID-19?
What will the district do then?
What will the district do if my child has had direct exposure (close contact for more than 15 minutes within less than six feet) to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19?
What happens if the district decides to shift a classroom, grade level or school from face-to-face instruction to remote instruction?