BWRSD Community Update 1/11/21

Message from Jonathan Brice, Superintendent of Schools

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Dear BWRSD community,


This community update contains information that has been presented to the School Committee this evening regarding changes to quarantine guidance, the district’s onsite testing recommendation, an update on the COVID-19 vaccine, and the status of BWRSD athletics programs.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via email at jonathan.brice@bwrsd.org.


Sincerely,


Jonathan Brice, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Bristol Warren Regional School District


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Contents of this Update:


  1. Updated Quarantine Guidance

  2. BWRSD Onsite Testing

  3. Vaccine Update

  4. Status of BWRSD Athletics Program

  5. School Insurance for Students

  6. Report Cards Available on Aspen Parent Portal

1. Updated Quarantine Guidance

The Updated Quarantine Guidance is based on the RIDOH Outbreak Response Protocols: Pre K-12 Playbook Version 2.0 that was updated on January 6, 2021.


Updated Quarantine Guidance RIDOH Options:

  • Close contacts must quarantine at home for 10 days from the last time they were in contact with the infected individual.

  • Close contacts may shorten quarantine to seven days if they have a negative result from a test (either PCR or rapid antigen test) taken at least five days after they were in contact with the infected individual.

  • RI Gov. allows for three quarantine options for close contacts of a person with COVID-19:

    • 14-day quarantine- gold standard

    • 10-day quarantine

    • 7-day quarantine with negative test (antigen or PCR) on day 5 or later


BWRSD Response to Updated Quarantine Guidance

  • Continued staffing challenges would be eased with lower # of quarantine days.

  • RIDOH does not dictate which quarantine options schools/districts choose.

  • After analysis of current data, BWRSD administration and nurses have decided to require a 10 day quarantine period for all close contacts.

  • BWRSD will re-evaluate data and rate of infection weekly and adjust requirements if it is deemed safe to do so.


Information From BWRSD School Nurses:

What do the changes in quarantine days mean?

Close contacts who do not live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 must quarantine for 10 days from their last known exposure. A close contact's last day of exposure to someone who is positive for COVID 19 is day 0, and 10 days of quarantine must be completed AFTER the last day of exposure.


Individuals who are close contacts will not be required to get a COVID 19 Test prior to return to work/school and must complete 10 days of quarantine and can return to work/school on day 11.


Example: Last contact with a positive person 1/1/21; non-household contacts quarantine for 10 days, last day of quarantine 1/11/21 with return to work/school on 1/12/21 if asymptomatic. CONTINUE TO MONITOR FOR SYMPTOMS FOR THE FULL 14 DAYS.


Household close contacts must quarantine for the 10 day isolation period of the infected/COVID 19 positive individual, AND then must continue to quarantine for an additional 10 days prior to returning to work/school.


Example: COVID 19 positive on 1/1/21, isolation period is 10 days through 1/11/21 and household contacts quarantine for additional 10 days through 1/21/21. Return to work/school on 1/22/21. CONTINUE TO MONITOR FOR SYMPTOMS FOR THE FULL 14 DAYS.


Isolation and quarantine separate people who have or may have COVID-19 or another contagious disease from people who are not sick. ONLY A PCR COVID 19 TEST WILL BE ACCEPTED BEFORE RETURN TO SCHOOL/WORK FOR SYMPTOMATIC INDIVIDUALS.


Additional Information per RIDOH:

  • Approximately 26% of all cases that were in person/hybrid came to school while symptomatic.

  • It is very important that students and staff stay home or are sent home even with only one symptom

    • Monitor for any additional symptoms that may appear for the next 24 hours

  • Approximately 25% of all cases that were in-person/hybrid were asymptomatic when tested.

  • Asymptomatic testing is strongly encouraged especially for close contacts towards the end of quarantine.


If you have symptoms of COVID-19, isolate at home and call your healthcare provider. Get a COVID-19 test.


Symptomatic individuals must have a negative PCR COVID 19 test to return to school/work.


Stay home (isolate) for at least 10 days. Someone with COVID-19 needs to isolate even if they do not have symptoms of COVID-19.

  • If you have symptoms, stay home for at least 10 days since you started having symptoms.

  • If you do not have symptoms, stay home for at least 10 days from the day you were tested.


If you have COVID-19, you can end isolation and leave home after these three things have happened:

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared (20 days if you are immunocompromised*) and

  • You have had no fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications and

  • Your symptoms have improved


If you tested positive but never had symptoms, you must isolate for 10 days from the date that you were tested.

2. BWRSD Onsite Testing


  • Several RI districts have established onsite testing for students, and community.

  • Considering the changes in quarantine guidance, and possible return to school after 7 days with positive testing, onsite testing would expedite this process.

  • There are two options for testing listed in the image to the right (Option 1: LEA conducts their own BiNaxNow testing; Option 2: LEA hosts a single testing event).



BWRSD Onsite Testing Recommendation:

  • BWRSD will hold a one-time testing event

  • Date TBD

3. Vaccine Update

The RIDOH has indicated that school staff may be included in phase two of vaccine distribution. We are awaiting further information on this. School nurses, as essential workers have recently received the vaccine (photo below).

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4. Status of BWRSD Athletics Programs

At this time, per the RI Interscholastic League, only low and moderate risk sports are being offered:


Mt. Hope High School Athletic Update

Winter Sports Offered: Basketball, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Indoor Track & Field (Girls), and Swimming

Tryouts*: Jan 4 (Gymnastics), Jan 7 (all other winter sports)

Season: Jan 4 - Feb 27th (Competition will not begin until after Jan. 19 per RI Governor’s Executive Order)


Kickemuit Middle School Athletic Update

Winter Sports Offered: Basketball (Girls & Boys)

Tryouts*: Begin Jan 19th

Season: Jan 19-Mar 13


*Athletes who are currently quarantined due to COVID or currently sick and missed tryouts, they will be offered a three day tryout like all other student athletes with a doctor’s note saying clear to participate in sports and a five day return to play if they had COVID-19 prior to tryouts.


Safety Protocols for all Sports:

  • Screening to enter practice and games

  • Masks must be worn at all times

  • Fan Attendance- no spectators at practices or games

  • All students need a new assumption of risk form for the 2020-2021 School Year

5. Student Accident Insurance Form 2020-2021

BWRSD families have the option of purchasing accident insurance for students:

Student Insurance Form

6. Report Cards Available on Aspen Parent Portal

Report cards are available to families electronically via the Aspen Parent Portal.


Log into your Aspen account at https://ri-bwrsd.myfollett.com/aspen/logon.do.


If you do not have an Aspen account, do not remember your credentials, or have issues accessing your Parent Portal account, please email portal@bwrsd.org and provide your name, your student's name and DOB and you will be helped.

BWRSD Back To School

Please visit our Back to School 2020-21 web page for important updates and links to our reopening plan and resources.