Nixon Elementary School

Important Message

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Dear Families,

Thank you for your continued partnership during this unprecedented school year. In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have been working closely with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) to offer free rapid BinaxNow COVID-19 testing for symptomatic students and staff participating in any type of in-person instruction.


While we have asked all students and staff who are sick to stay home, there may be members of our school community who first present symptoms while in school. Being able to test your child at school will not only expedite results and therefore help you determine next steps to protect your student and your family, but will allow us to conduct contact tracing immediately.


The COVID-19 Rapid Antigen COVID-19 Diagnostic Test is FDA approved and delivers results in 15 minutes. Our school nursing staff has been thoroughly trained on how to administer the test using a nasal swab. The decision to administer the test will be made by the school nurse, and you will be notified via phone call before your child is tested. The school nurse will communicate appropriate testing protocol based on your child’s individual needs.


You will also be notified immediately of the test results. If a student tests positive, the student will be sent home and must quarantine for at least 10 days and until at least 24 hours have passed with improvements in symptoms and no fever, without the use of fever reducing medications. If a student tests negative with the rapid BinaxNOW, they will also be sent home and will have to be confirmed with a negative PCR test within 48 hours. Regardless of the test result, you will be notified by the school regarding next steps to take with a healthcare provider. Sudbury Public Schools will report all test results to DPH and positive test results to DESE’s Rapid Response Help Unit.


To give permission for your student to participate in the BinaxNOW COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Diagnostic Test, including permitting the school to share the test result information with the Department of Public Health and Project Beacon (a third party non-profit organization contracted to compile consent for testing and to share test results), you will need to set up an account.


The parent/guardian consent form code for Nixon Elementary School students is NWACGV.


At Sudbury Public Schools, we are extremely grateful to our committed staff and families that continue to show great flexibility and resilience as we navigate through this school year. It takes all of us working together to contain the spread of this virus.


Please remember that any individual with symptoms should not be coming to school and should follow appropriate protocol.


If you have questions regarding the COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Diagnostic Test please reach out to your school nurse.


Thank you,


Brad Crozier

Superintendent


Susan Woods

Principal


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