Warrior News

January 3, 2022

Dear Warrior Families,

We wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

With the New Year comes new challenges. Our goal is to get all our teams back to play asap and continue with our activities and educational programs as safely as we possibly can. Please see the information below with regards to athletics, spectators, and other school programming.


Dr. Mobley

MA DESE Has Adopted the following Required Guidelines for Returning to School

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KPHS Athletics Return to Play Protocols

KPHS Athletic Teams may be put on pause if two or more students turn positive for COVID and additional time for contact tracing is needed. This decision is made on a case-by-case basis.

All students who test positive for COVID must:

  • Stay home for 5 days. (Days 1-5)
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house.
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days. (Days 6-10)

To Keep Your Team Healthy and Playing:

If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever is resolved for 24 hours and you are symptom-free.

All students who test positive for COVID must complete the return to play protocol upon becoming symptom-free:

Meet with the athletic trainer on day six if you are not symptomatic to develop their personalized return to play protocol.

Meet daily on days 6-10 with the Athletic trainer to assess progress. (If these days fall on a weekend the plan will be assigned for them with expected documentation of competition)

Day eleven return to practice/play with their team. **

**Note: Days 6-10 the student cannot be with the team (practices, games meeting, etc.)

Please be aware that teammates who do not follow protocol risk their team being shut down.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is Test & Stay still only for in school close contacts?

A: Yes, this has not changed. Please refer to this FAQ from DESE.

Q: Who is considered fully vaccinated?

A: Fully vaccinated is defined as two weeks following the completion of the Pfizer or Moderna series or two weeks following a single dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. Please see footnote #5 on the Protocols for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios - SY 2021-22 (Highlighted)

Q: Can vaccinated close contacts be included in Test and Stay?

A: No, this has not changed. Vaccinated close contacts are exempt from Testing and Quarantine Protocols. Please see page 3 on the Protocols for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios - SY 2021-22 (Highlighted)

Q: Does proof of COVID/Antibodies except me from the Test and Stay Protocol?

A: No, this has not changed Please see page 3 on the Protocols for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios - SY 2021-22 (Highlighted)

Q: What happens if any of the five days fall on the weekend and I have a school event?

A: When the 5 days from date of exposure includes weekends or holidays, individuals should quarantine on weekends, and if they remain asymptomatic, upon return to school to school be tested immediately. If the individual remains negative, they can stay in school.*

*KPHS does allow families to submit a Rapid antigen test done at a medical facility to clear the student for weekend activities.

SPECTATOR and CLUB Participation Requirements

Please be aware that many schools are pausing clubs and reducing the number of spectators at events. KPHS is committed to trying to continue with these events without attendance limitations.


We will only be able to do this if those in attendance adhere to mask guidelines which includes proper mask-wearing.

Please help us out and do the right thing. We don't have the ability to be the mask police so please police yourself so that all can continue to enjoy these events and cheer on our teams.

We will get through this together and will be able to shed the masks again!

Celebrating Students from Last Year's Underclassmen Award

Last spring we were not able to celebrate with our underclassmen so we are dedicating this space to announce their awards. KPHS is honored to be able to select one student for each award. They are seniors now and onto great things!

*Rensselaer Medal Award (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

Wellesley College Book Award (Wellesley University)

The Rensselaer Medal--Sheela Pandit
For more than 100 years, Rensselaer, in conjunction with high schools around the world, has awarded the Rensselaer Medal to promising secondary school students who have distinguished themselves in mathematics and science.

Wellesley College Book Award--Gina Brown

The Wellesley Book Award honors young women who have been top scholars in high school as well as talented performers in extracurricular areas. The Book Award Program recognizes young women who have excelled while allowing them to become better acquainted with Wellesley.

*These awards include merit scholarships should the student apply and be accepted to the awarding college of up to 30,000 annually for four years.

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