NES Monthly Update

January 9, 2022

Happy New Year!!

Dear Families,

Welcome back to school after our most recent holiday break. We hope that this time off provided each of you some time to rest, relax, and enjoy the season while staying healthy.

Speaking of staying healthy, these continue to be very challenging times. Please read the health information below from Nurse Meri Lepore. Because of the current spikes in COVID positivity, we are moving our Kindergarten registration from January to February 9th and 10th. Please let any parents of children who will be five years old as of September 1, 2022 know about attending our registration nights.

Recently, we have presented our NES School Improvement Plan and our budget hopes for next school year.

Nantucket Elementary SIP 2021-2022

Our budget hopes for next year include adding 2 teaching assistants and a half time English Language Learner teacher. We currently have 2 teaching assistant positions still available for this year. If you know of any people who may be interested in applying for these positions, please direct them to me. I am happy to chat with anyone who may be interested for this year or next.

As long as the temperature feels like 15 degrees or warmer, we try to take our students outside for recess. Please be sure that your child comes to school ready for outside recess. This means hats, gloves or mittens, boots, snowpants, etc. It may be a good idea for students to have an extra set of clothing to keep at school as well.

Remember to frequently check out the NES website for all current information, Parent Handbooks, School Improvement Plan, upcoming important dates, fun photos, and school council information. click on schools and select NES

As always, please feel comfortable reaching out to Kim Albertson or myself should you have any questions. We are always happy to assist!!

Stay healthy,

Kim Kubisch

From the office of our School Nurse, Meri Lepore

COVID Updates

Welcome Back!

As many of you know we have adopted the newest CDC guidance for COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation. Below you will find a helpful summary of COVID-19 scenarios to help guide decision making.

  1. Your student tests POSITIVE for COVID-19:

  • Duration: Self-isolation for COVID-19 positive cases is a minimum of 5 days after symptom onset or after positive PCR or rapid antigen test, if asymptomatic.

  • Return to school: After 5 full days, return on day 6 and once they have:

    • Been without fever for 24 hours (and without taking fever-reducing medications); and experienced improvement in other symptoms.

  • Following the 5-day isolation period, individuals must mask for 5 additional days when around others. (This includes when they are at recess.)

  1. Your student is fully vaccinated and is a close contact AND is asymptomatic:

  • They are exempt from any quarantine or testing requirements and can remain in school however we do encourage students who have been exposed to obtain either a PCR or rapid antigen test on day 5 post-exposure and continue to monitor for any symptom development.

  1. Your student is partially vaccinated/unvaccinated and is an IN-SCHOOL close contact AND is asymptomatic

  • Participate in Test and Stay: 5 days from the date of exposure with daily rapid antigen testing through the school nursing office.

    • Return to School: Close contacts can remain in school and do not have to quarantine, as long as they:

      • Are asymptomatic

      • Wear masks in school at all times, other than when eating or drinking.

      • When these individuals cannot be masked (i.e., when eating or drinking) they should maintain 3 feet of distance from other individuals to the extent feasible.

      • Take a rapid antigen test on each school day and receive a negative result. If the individual remains negative, they can stay in school.

      • Conduct active monitoring for symptoms through day 10, and self-isolate at home if symptoms develop.

  • Choose not to participate in Test & Stay:

    • Quarantine is at least 5 days from the date of exposure

    • Return to School: After 5 days, returning on day 6, provided that they remain asymptomatic, and Conduct active monitoring for symptoms through day 10, self-isolate if symptoms develop, and adhere to strict mask use for an additional 5 days.

  1. Your student is partially vaccinated/unvaccinated and is an OUT-OF-SCHOOL close contact:

  • Please have your child quarantine at home away from the positive individual for a minimum of 5 full days, returning to school on day 6 post-exposure if student remains asymptomatic

  • Remain masked when in school and continue to monitor for symptom development through the remainder of the post-exposure period.

  • Encouraged to obtain a rapid antigen or PCR test prior to return to school.

  • Monitor for any symptom development

    • Should symptoms develop post-exposure, please obtain a PCR or rapid antigen test (or repeat rapid or PCR testing if already done so prior to symptom development)

  1. Symptom Development:

  • If symptoms of COVID-19 or other illness develop at ANY TIME, please remain at home, isolate regardless of vaccination status and notify your building nurse.

  • Return to School: Individuals may return to school after they:

    • Have received a negative PCR or antigen test result for COVID-19.

    • So long as the individual is not a close contact, if a medical professional makes an alternative diagnosis for the COVID-19-like symptoms, the individual may use this recommendation (e.g., for influenza or strep pharyngitis) in lieu of a PCR test or antigen test.

    • Have improvement in symptoms and have been without fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.

  • Symptoms of COVID-19 include but are not limited to:

    • Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills• Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath • New loss of taste or smell • Muscle aches or body aches • Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough) • Sore throat, when in combination with other symptoms • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea when in combination with other symptoms • Headache when in combination with other symptoms • Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms

Upcoming Important Dates

January/February 2022

  • 1/10 ACCESS testing begins for our English Language Learners
  • 1/12 FONPS meeting
  • 1/17 No School MLK Day
  • 1/18 School Committee
  • 1/19 SNAC Meeting
  • 1/26 1/2 day 12:00 pm dismissal
  • 1/26 PreK Open House
  • 2/1 School Committee
  • 2/3 NES School Council
  • 2/9 FONPS Meeting
  • 2/9 and 2/10 Kindergarten Registration
  • 2/15 School Committee
  • 2/16 1/2 Day 12:00 pm Dismissal
  • 2/21 No School Presidents' Day
  • 2/26 - 3/6 Winter Vacation