Health & Safety


Welcome back to a New School Year.  We are excited to see you and wish you a wonderful year.

COVID-19 Symptoms

Students who are unwell should remain home.  Below is the full list of symptoms for which caregivers should monitor their children, and staff should monitor themselves.  

  • Unvaccinated individuals presenting these symptoms should seek PCR testing or contact their medical provider.

  • Vaccinated individuals experiencing symptoms in bold, should seek PCR testing and or clinical guidance to assess the need for PCR testing. 

COVID-19 symptoms list: 

• Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills
• Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath 

• New loss of taste or smell 
• Muscle aches or body aches 
• Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough) 
• Sore throat, when in combination with other symptoms 
• Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea when in combination with other symptoms 
• Headache when in combination with other symptoms 
• Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms 
• Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms 

Close Contacts:

Definition of a close contact: Close contacts are defined as individuals who have been within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive individual while indoors, for at least 15 minutes during a 24-hour period. 

Please note that the at-risk exposure time begins 48 hours prior to symptom onset (or time of positive test if asymptomatic) and continues until the time the COVID-19 positive individual is isolated. 

In general, close contacts should test and quarantine; however, certain close contacts are exempted from testing and quarantine response protocols.

Close contacts who are exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols:

The following close contacts are exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols:

  • Asymptomatic, fully vaccinated close contacts: Individuals who are asymptomatic and
    fully vaccinated are exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols.

  • Classroom close contacts: An individual who is exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual in the classroom while both individuals were masked, so long as the individuals were spaced at least 3 feet apart, is exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols.

  • Bus close contacts: Individuals on buses must be masked according to federal requirements. As such, individuals who are masked on buses when windows are open are exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols.

  • Close contacts who have had COVID-19 within the past 90 days: An individual who has been previously diagnosed with COVID-19 and then becomes a close contact of someone with COVID-19 is exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols if:
    o The exposure occurred within 90 days of the onset of their own illness AND
    o The exposed individual is recovered and remains without COVID-19 symptoms.

Covid 19 Testing:

Our nurses will conduct weekly COVID 19 Safety Checks otherwise known as Pool Testing for those individuals who have CONSENTED.  In addition, Symptomatic Testing is available for students who become ill while in school and do not meet any of the Exemptions, they may participate in the Test and Stay Protocol.

Student & Staff Consent

Test and Stay Flowchart

DESE Protocols for Testing.

Covid-19 Quarantine Information & Guidance 

Covid-19 Isolation Guidance


Prior to returning to school, please ensure that your children are up to date with their immunizations. Immunization Requirements for School Entry 2021-22 school year have changed. The influenza vaccination requirement has been removed, however, the Department of Public Health strongly recommends that all children be vaccinated with both influenza vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine according to age eligibility.


Important Links:

Massachusetts Travel Advisory

Stop the Spread  


Students who require medications during the school day will use the Health Office for Safe Administration.

Nurses will work collaboratively with parents and the provider to create a medical plan that minimizes interruptions in the school day while ensuring the student is administered medication in a safe environment.

For health and safety reasons, students should never transport medication to and from school or keep any medication in their possession during the school day, including over the counter medications. Parents may consent to “self-administration” for students who carry their personal inhaler and/or EpiPen.

The Medical Consent Form should be signed by a Parent and Health Care Provider.

For questions and concerns, please contact your school nurse:

Lea Tabenkin BSN, RN, NCSN    District Nurse Leader, High School Nurse

Becky Leblanc BSN, RN.            Testing Program Coordinator

Gwen McDonald BSN, RN           High School Nurse

Maribeth Ting MSN, RN, NCSN   Miles River Middle School Nurse

Jessica Baker BSN, RN, NCSN   Winthrop School Nurse 

Lynne Nardella LPN                     Cutler School Nurse

Lisa Druskat, BSN, RN NCSN     Buker School Nurse




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