Health Updates August 2022

With COVID-19 vaccines readily available, treatments accessible to those who are high-risk, and widespread availability of at-home tests, Massachusetts Department of Public Health has urged schools to focus COVID-19 mitigation strategies towards vulnerable and symptomatic individuals. Massachusetts concluded its statewide school testing program in the spring of 2022. At this time, Brookwood will not be testing students and staff on a regular basis. Instead, we will focus on testing individuals who become symptomatic while on campus. Please print, sign and return this form to participate in symptomatic testing during the 2022/2023 school year. Due to changes in testing, Brookwood will no longer be using a weekly COVID-19 tracker.

Vaccines continue to be the best way to protect individuals against the effects of COVID-19. Although not required, Brookwood continues to encourage students, staff, and families to get vaccinated and stay up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations.

As students, staff, and families return from summer vacation, we strongly recommend that anyone with COVID-19 symptoms rapid test before returning to campus. Brookwood will continue with a mask-optional policy in order to support those individuals who wish to continue to mask for various reasons.

Please stay home from school if you have any of the following symptoms.

  • 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, 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

 

COVID -19 Guidelines:

Exposure and Isolation

  • Regardless of vaccination status, quarantine is no longer required for children or staff after a COVID-19 exposure. All exposed individuals can continue to attend school as long as they remain asymptomatic.

  • If a household member has tested positive for COVID-19, regardless of your vaccination status: (Please notify the health office of any COVID cases within the household)

  • Isolate away from the positive COVID-19 individual

  • Wear a high-quality mask for the first 5 days after exposure indoors at school

  • Rapid test on Day 6 after last exposure. If test results are negative, resume mask-option policy.

  • If you test positive for COVID 19: Regardless of vaccination status, please notify the health office if a student or staff test positive for COVID-19.

  • Day “0” is the first day of symptoms OR the positive test days, whichever is earlier.

  • Isolate away from others for 5 days

  • If you are fever-free for 24 hours without medications, have improving symptoms or never had symptoms, return to school masked on Day 6

  • Masking is required indoors days 6-10


 

Reminder of Standard Health Protocols


Please stay home with:

  • A fever >100.0F: Return to school once you have been fever free for 24 hours without using fever reducing medication.

  • Vomiting or diarrhea: Return to school once you have been free from vomiting/diarrhea for 24 hours.

  • Conjunctivitis: Return to school after you have been on antibiotics for 12 hours.

  • Head lice: Return to school once you are free for active head lice. Nits may persist after lice treatment; students can continue to come to school.

To contact Kiley, please email nurse@brookwood.edu or call 978-526-4500 x6211

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