COVID-19 Testing is being offered in school this year to limit learning disruptions to the greatest extent possible. The program for the 2021-2022 school year has three components: Symptomatic for students who show symptoms of COVID-19 at school, Test and Stay for students who may have been exposed while in school but are not showing symptoms, Weekly COVID Safety Testing to prevent the spread of the virus undetected among students who are not showing symptoms.
Each of these is a quick, non-invasive nasal swab that is collected under the supervision of a school nurse or trained health provider. Unlike COVID-19 tests of the past, these are not uncomfortable and easy to do. An overview of the three different testing programs we are planning to offer this year is below.
Symptomatic rapid antigen testing for students that become ill while at school.
Test and Stay rapid antigen testing for unvaccinated students that are deemed close contacts from a school exposure.
Weekly Covid Safety Testing, which will be a grouped weekly PCR test.
We are currently up and running for Symptomatic Rapid Antigen Testing and the Test and Stay Rapid Antigen Testing. If you would like to have your student participate in these programs sign up using the link below. Students MUST be pre-registered to participate in these programs. If you choose not to have your student participate they will need to remain out of school if they are close contacts or if they are symptomatic for the above COVID-19 symptoms.
Register Here: https://pbcovid.cic-health.com/register/with-code?code=KDHEHV
***Due to the overwhelming number of schools that have signed up with the state to run COVID testing programs, we have been moved to CIC Project Beacon testing platform. If you had previously registered your student under the CIC consent from the newsletter, you will need to sign them up for this testing platform in order for them to participate.
If your student has received their COVID-19 vaccine please send in proof of immunization. Vaccinated students will not be required to quarantine if they are considered close contacts unless they become symptomatic.
COVID-19 Symptoms List
If your child is ill please have the child remain home and reach out to the appropriate Health Office:
100 Longwater (K-8)
Darcie Edwards, RN firstname.lastname@example.org
Jaime Kjelgaard, RN email@example.com
700 Longwater (9-12)
Barbara Folan, RN firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your continued support as we kick off the 2021-2022 school year. At SSCPS, keeping your students safe and in school is our top priority. We have learned more about COVID-19 over this past year and our current guidance and procedures reflect the most updated recommendations from the CDC and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
For the 2021-22 school year, we are offering an extra layer of protection to prevent the spread of COVID-19, our COVID-19 testing program at school. This program has three components: symptomatic testing for students who show symptoms of COVID-19 at school, routine COVID safety checks to prevent the spread of the virus undetected among students who are not showing symptoms, and test and stay for students who may have been exposed while in school but are not showing symptoms. Each of these is a quick, non-invasive nasal swab that is collected under the supervision of a school nurse or trained health provider. Unlike COVID-19 tests of the past, these are not uncomfortable and easy for students to do themselves.
Students only participate with permission from a parent or guardian. It is important to our school that you are fully informed regarding the process and that we can answer any questions that you might have in advance of asking you to sign the linked consent form. Below we describe each of the three parts of our testing program, how they are conducted, and what they are used for.
If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they must quarantine at home for the CDC-recommended ten days since symptoms appeared or ten days after the positive test before returning to school. The student must also be without a fever for 24 hours.
Although students who are vaccinated are much less likely to spread or contract the virus, it is important for us to create an inclusive environment for both vaccinated and unvaccinated students.
To participate in the program, you must complete the linked consent form on behalf of your student. There is no charge for participating. It is our hope that these measures will work together to keep our schools safe and your children in school. Thank you again for your support.
Please see the Health Office page on the SSCPS website for more information on COVID-19 testing, along with other COVID-19 information.
If you have any additional questions or need any additional information please do not hesitate to reach out to the nursing staff.
K - 8: 781-982-4202 x 104
High School: 781-982-4202 x 182
Darcie Edwards, RN
Susan Dupras, RN
Jaime Kjelgaard, RN
Barbara Folan, RN
We had a wonderful first week of school! Thank you for your patience as our community gets back into a routine. We all have a vested interest in getting students into the building in the morning and into their cars in the afternoon safely and as efficiently as possible. When everyone follows the expected procedures, arrival and dismissal run safely and quickly. Please review the Arrival & Dismissal Procedures which can be found here. I ask that everyone pay particular attention to the guidelines listed below.
Thank you for your help as we enter week two following the holiday. I hope that everyone enjoys the long weekend!
South Shore Charter Public School