We have received updated quarantine information from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Please see my letter dated December 29, 2021 for the updated isolation protocols for asymptomatic COVID-19 positive individuals.
Exposure of a COVID-19 positive individual. Close contacts of a COVID-19 positive individual may participate in the Test and Stay Program or choose to quarantine. The protocols for exemptions and Test and Stay remain the same. The quarantine protocols have been updated (see below).
Updated Traditional Protocol. Quarantine is at least 5 days from the date of exposure. An individual may return to school after 5 days, returning on day 6, provided that they remain asymptomatic, and conduct active monitoring for symptoms through day10, self-isolate if symptoms develop, and adhere to strict mask use for an additional 5 days.
If an individual has symptoms at the time they are designated as a close contact or within the 5 days following initial exposure, they follow the protocol for symptomatic individuals.
If an individual tests positive at any time, they follow the protocol for individuals who test positive for COVID-19.
For all those exposed, best practice would also include an antigen or PCR test for COVID-19 at day 5 after exposure. An antigen test may be self-administered and does not need to be proctored or performed by a healthcare professional.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as our protocols are updated.
I look forward to seeing staff and students on January 3, 2022.