To this point, we have maintained a strict 10-day quarantine for all close contacts. Moving forward, however, we have decided to reduce this requirement to 7 days based on 1.) our data showing no transmission among close contacts within the classroom, 2.) current guidelines from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and 3.) the need to minimize unnecessary absences. Several of our neighbors have maintained DPH’s 7-day quarantine protocol for some time with no adverse effects.
Effective April 5, 2021, we will implement the 7-day close contact quarantine protocol as recommended by DPH. Please read the strict details of the quarantine below. We plan to maintain current 10-day quarantines through this transition. New COVID-19 exposures occurring on or after April 5th will be offered the 7-day quarantine, granted the criteria below are met.
Please be aware that close contacts who exhibit even one symptom will be required to quarantine for a full 14 days from the last exposure (per District and DPH protocol), with the exposure date being day zero.
The 7-day quarantine is only available for individuals who have been, and remain, symptom-free throughout their quarantine AND test negative for COVID-19 on day 5 or later post-exposure. No one may “test out” of quarantine before the end of their 7th day. In addition, individuals must continue to monitor for symptoms on days 8-14 AND forward documentation of the negative PCR test to the school nurse prior to school return.
Close contacts are still free to opt for the full 10-day quarantine in an abundance of caution. There is no COVID-19 testing needed to select the 10 day quarantine. However, the individual must have been, and remain, symptom-free throughout their quarantine and continue to monitor for symptoms on days 11-14.
As our staff and high school-age students become eligible for COVID-19 vaccination, it is important to note the following: individuals are not required to isolate after a close contact exposure if they are 14 days beyond their final vaccination AND have no symptoms. If staff or students are deemed close contacts after an exposure, they must provide proof of vaccination dates to the school nurse, monitor themselves daily, and report any symptoms in order to be in compliance.
Please note that household positive cases could require a longer quarantine than exposure to cases outside of the home. The building nurse will determine household clearance dates after information has been gathered. These dates may result in a longer quarantine.