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WPS COVID Policies

Self-isolation for COVID-19 positive cases is a minimum of 10 days

Most people who test positive and have a relatively mild illness will need to stay in self-isolation for at least 10 days (per Wrentham Public Health).  People who test positive can resume public activities after 10 days, must continue to monitor symptoms through day 14 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 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.

 

Guidance Provided by Massachusetts Department of Public Health/Division of Epidemiology

Student is ill: Siblings in household

Household Contacts:

  • May go to school awaiting ill student’s test results unless the family member is presumed to have COVID-19 (has COVID-19 symptoms AND was a confirmed close contact of someone with COVID-19). Please call the school nurse if you have any questions.
  • The family should make an effort to keep any ill children separated from the rest of the family to reduce potential exposure.
  • As long as the well siblings remain asymptomatic, they can continue to attend school while their ill sibling awaits test results.
 

ASYMPTOMATIC Student identified as close contact

Student is asymptomatic but in quarantine.

  • Household contacts may go to school as long as student in quarantine does not become a positive case.
  • The family should make an effort to keep any quarantining student separated from the rest of the family to reduce potential exposure.
 

SYMPTOMATIC Student identified as close contact

Student has COVID-like symptoms*

  • COVID-19 Testing is recommended.
  • Student should isolate while awaiting test results.
  • Student has probable case of COVID-19 due to symptoms and epi-link.
    • Epi-link: Characteristic that links two cases, such as close contact between two people or a common exposure.
*Symptoms include: Fever of 100 F, chills, cough, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea.
 

SYMPTOMATIC Student identified as close contact: Siblings in Household

  • Siblings are now currently exposed to a probable case and must quarantine at this time.
  • The family should make an effort to keep any ill children separated from the rest of the family to reduce potential exposure.
 

WPS Travel Guidance and Testing 

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

Last updated 3/22/2021