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COVID-19 Testing Program

January 21, 2022

Dear Families:

At Falmouth Public Schools, keeping your students safe and in school is our top priority. We are writing to let you know, in accordance with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Department of Public Health (DPH), our district is updating our COVID-19 Testing Program, effective January 31, 2022. We are opting into an at-home testing program that will increase testing of our participating students and staff, regardless of vaccination status. For more information about this update to the statewide testing program, please click here. The at-home testing option will begin Wednesday February 2, 2022. In addition to this new at-home antigen test option, we will continue with symptomatic testing during the week. As part of this shift in the program, we are discontinuing Test and Stay and contact tracing for in-school close contacts. This means that if your child is a potential contact in school, they may continue to come to school and do not have to quarantine. This new at-home testing opportunity is voluntary and only those who opt-in will receive tests. We strongly encourage you to fill out the form by Wednesday, January 26, 2022 to opt-in. If you have questions, please contact your school’s nurse. 

At-Home Rapid Testing Program

Please check the email sent to families for links to the forms below:

  • Opt-In: To participate, you must opt in by completing the opt-in form. By opting in, you will agree to review the training materials for test administration and report positive test results.
  • Weekly: Every two weeks you will receive an iHealth/or equivalent at-home rapid test kit. Each kit contains two individual tests. Your student will administer one test each week on Wednesday.
  • Reporting Positive Test Results: If your student tests positive on an at-home antigen test, you will inform their school of the positive result using the Positive Test Result Notification form. The school will keep the results confidential and will not make individual results public. In addition, it is strongly recommended that you inform your healthcare professional of the positive result.
  • Easy, Free, and Flexible: This test is administered at home (not at school), reducing the burden on school staff and time to administer tests and increasing a family’s flexibility to do testing in the home for free.

If you have any questions please contact the COVID Team at covidteam@falmouth.k12.ma.us.

Sincerely,

Lori Duerr
Superintendent
Falmouth Public Schools