Office Update: February 2, 2022
Dewing School Information from Mrs. Gerrish and Mrs. Bosworth
Hello Dewing School Community,
COVID Test Kits: On Thursday, February 3, 2022, we will be distributing the COVID-19 At-Home Test Kits to the Dewing students for whom an order was placed. The test kits will go home in your child's backpack in an envelope with his/her name on it.
Parents who placed an order for a test kit for their child are asked to please make sure that your child is aware of the order so that he/she will know this is to be handed to an adult when it arrives home and should not be taken out on the bus.
If you did not order a test kit for your child, you may do so for the next distribution using the At-Home Rapid Antigen Test “opt in form” noted in the letter sent previously by Superintendent Malone.
Annual Nursing Screenings-
Our nursing staff will be conducting annual vision and hearing screening on K, 1st and 2nd grade starting this Thursday, 2/3/22. We will also be doing annual heights and weights on our 1st graders. If you wish to opt out, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your students name, grade and homeroom.
Kelly Constantino RN, BSN
Tewksbury Public Schools
National School Counselor Week-Feb 7-11-Next week, we celebrate National School Counselor week. We are grateful for the work Mr. Waldron does for our school!
We do ask that if your child is feeling ill or has been exposed to someone in the home/community who has tested positive, you please follow the recommended protocols. If you wish to share your child's vaccination status with the nurse, you are welcome to send that to her at email@example.com.
Terry Gerrish and Alexis Bosworth
Friday, Feb 18-Half Day-No PM PK
Feb 21-25th-Feb Recess-No School
March 16-No School-Professional Development Day
January 26, 2022-Letter Regarding At Home COVID Test Kits
Dear TPS Families:
Last week we sent you information (via email) from DESE, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Public Health (DPH) regarding an update to the COVID-19 Testing Program for districts and schools. Today, we are writing to let you know, in accordance with the DESE and the DPH, our district is updating our COVID-19 Testing Program, effective for families potentially the week of 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 for students potentially during the week of January 31, 2022. In addition to this new at-home antigen test kit option, we will continue with routine COVID safety checks (Pooled Testing) and/or 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 you are a potential close contact in school, you 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 test kits. We strongly encourage you to fill out the form by Friday, January 28th, 4:00 P.M. (students/families may sign up after this time but will not be eligible for the first shipment of test kits) to opt-in. Test kits for those students who are opted in will be given to the student to take home. If there is a specific family concern regarding this please contact your building principal.
COVID-19 Testing Programs in our Schools:
At-Home Rapid Antigen Testing (NEW opt-in form)
* if you have not already signed up for our currently available testing options see below*
*Routine COVID Safety Checks (Pooled Testing) every week and Symptomatic Testing (If you have not yet signed up, click here)
Overview: At-Home Rapid Testing Program *Please retain the below information for when you actually begin testing.
About the Test: iHealth is a 15-minute at-home FDA-approved rapid antigen test
Opt-In: To participate, you must opt in by completing the online form. By opting in, you will agree to review the training materials for test administration, report positive test results, and administer the tests according to Tewksbury Public School’s guidelines.
Reporting Positive Test Results: If you test positive on an at-home antigen test, you will report the positive result to your school nurse via email or phone call. The district 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.
Weekly: Every two weeks you will receive an iHealth at-home rapid test kit. Each kit contains two individual tests. You will administer one test each week.
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 your flexibility to do testing in the home for free.
How do I administer the test?
Click here for a full “how to” written guide in various languages
Click here for a video of an individual self-testing
Confidentiality: Positive test results are shared with the district for informational purposes only. Individual results will remain confidential, and they will never be made public.
Superintendent Chris Malone