January 18, 2021
Welcome Back Students!
If a Member of Your Household is Sick
In person learning is our priority for students and it takes everyone's commitment to make this a reality. If anyone in the household is displaying Covid symptoms, please do not send your child or children to school until an alternate diagnosis from a doctor or negative test results are received. If there is even the slightest chance that someone in your house has COVID, do not risk the entire classroom by sending your child in.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
While in school, we are taking every precaution, keeping people six feet apart, wearing masks, and constantly washing hands or using hand sanitizer. The safety and wellbeing of the school community is a priority. Consider this, your child missing a few days due to what you see as an abundance of caution might mean that we can offer in person learning for weeks longer! We really have to all be in this together.
Please call the school office to report your child's absence at 569-6598. Feel free to ask to speak to one of our school nurses if you have any questions.
Student Pictures for the School Yearbook
Look for another communication to be sent tomorrow with the day your child will be photographed. For our remote students, we will communicate our plans for getting their pictures in the future.
Update on Influenza Vaccine Requirement
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is removing the requirement for flu vaccination for attendance in childcare/preschool, primary, secondary and postsecondary education. Preliminary data show that this has been a mild flu season to date, presumably as people have received their seasonal flu vaccine and have been adhering to mask-wearing and social distancing due to COVID-19. Given the intensive Commonwealth-wide efforts regarding COVID-19 vaccination, DPH wants to alleviate the burden to obtain flu vaccination and focus on continuing our COVID -19 vaccination efforts.
DPH continues to strongly recommend that everyone age six months and older receive their seasonal flu vaccine each year.