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WPS COVID Policies

The following WPS policies reflect the most recent information provided to the district from Public Health. In a statement written on December 7, 2020 Public Health wrote “In response to the increase in recent positive COVID 19 cases in our tri-town area, the Public Health nurses overseeing Plainville, Wrentham and Norfolk find it necessary to maintain the 14-day quarantine period for all students and faculty at KPHS and KPMS and all elementary schools in stated towns, who have had an exposure to a confirmed case. Therefore, the test on day 8 for the opt out of quarantine at day 10 no longer applies to students and faculty.”

 

Self-isolation for COVID-19 positive cases is a minimum of 14 days

Most people who test positive and have a relatively mild illness will need to stay in self-isolation for at least 14 days. People who test positive can resume public activities after 14 days and once they have:

  • gone for 72 hours without a fever (and without taking fever-reducing medications like Tylenol); and

  • experienced improvement in other symptoms (for example, their cough has gotten much better); and

  • received clearance from public health authority contact tracers (the local board of health or Community Tracing Collaborative).

Repeat testing prior to return is not recommended. Return to school should be based on time and symptom resolution.

Close contacts of a positive COVID-19 case should be tested.

For general guidance, DPH defines close contact as:

  • Being within 6 feet of COVID-19 case (someone who has tested positive) for at least 10-15 minutes cumulatively over 24 hours. Close contact can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a healthcare waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case while the case was symptomatic or within 2 days before symptom onset, OR

  • Having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (e.g., being coughed on) while not wearing recommended personal protective equipment.

If someone in the school setting tests positive

If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, their close contacts will be defined as only those who have been within 6 feet of distance of the individual for at least fifteen minutes cumulatively, while the person was infectious. The infectious period begins 2 days prior to symptom onset. If someone is asymptomatic, the infectious period is considered to begin 2 days prior to the collection of their positive test. While previous guidance stated that all students in an elementary classroom would be defined as close contacts, this new guidance provides a narrower definition of a close contact which mirrors DPH guidance.

Policy of when a close contact may return to school

All close contacts should be tested but must self-quarantine for:

  • At least 14 days after the last exposure to the person who tested positive.

Policy of when a student/staff person may return to school after COVID-19 symptoms

If a student or staff member has COVID-19-like symptoms, they may return to school after they have tested negative for COVID-19, have improvement in symptoms, and have been without fever for at least 72 hours without the use of fever reducing medications. If a provider makes an alternative diagnosis for the COVID-19-like symptoms, the individual may return to school based on the recommendations for that alternative diagnosis (e.g., influenza or strep pharyngitis).

If a student or staff member presents COVID-19-like symptoms and chooses not to be tested, they may return to school 14 days from start of symptoms, as long as their symptoms have improved and they have been without fever for at least 72 hours prior to their return to school without the use of fever reducing medication.

Most common symptoms of COVID-19 and testing requirements

The single most important thing to do if any of the following symptoms are present is to STAY HOME. Our collective health relies, in part, on individual attention and responsibility. Note that some symptoms of COVID-19 are the same as the flu or a bad cold; please do not assume it is another condition. When in doubt, stay home.    

Please STAY HOME if you have any of the symptoms listed.

Below is the full list of symptoms for which caregivers should monitor their children, and staff should monitor themselves:

❏  Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills (CDC has lowered the temperature from 100.4 to 100.0)

❏  Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)

❏  Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

❏  New loss of taste or smell

❏  Sore throat

❏  Headache when in combination with other symptoms

❏  Muscle aches or body aches

❏  Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

❏  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

WPS Sibling Dismissal and Quarantine Policy 

  • If a student is dismissed from school with symptoms of COVID-19, we will also dismiss the student’s siblings. 

  • Siblings of symptomatic students must remain home while the symptomatic student gets tested.

  • Siblings of symptomatic students may return to school after the symptomatic student has received a negative test and has been symptom free for 72 hours without medication.

WPS Travel Guidance and Testing 

  • Click here to view the most current information about MA COVID Travel Orders 

  • All students ages 11 and over who travel to a restricted state must be tested for COVID-19 and produce a negative test result or quarantine x 14 days before returning to school. (Please see #8 of the potential traveler scenarios)

  • For all students ages 10 or younger, parents must provide the school nurse with their negative COVID-19 test results before student may return to school.

  • Families who travel to a restricted state should contact a school nurse to discuss specific details. 

***Please notify your Delaney School Nurses @:

cashmanj@wrenthamschools.org

richardsonk@wrenthamschools.org

***Please notify your Roderick School Nurse @:

montic@wrenthamschools.org


Last updated 12/9/2020