Masconomet Update, January 3, 2021

Good Afternoon,

Happy New Year!  After consulting with our local public health officials this morning, Masconomet Middle and High Schools will resume classes on Monday, January 4th under our hybrid schedule.  Cohort “B” will be in-person and WIN Block will take place during Period 4 on Monday.

Families who traveled over the holiday break should remember to follow Massachusetts’ COVID-19 Travel Order.  Anyone who has traveled to a state designated as “higher risk” must quarantine for 10 days upon return to Massachusetts or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts.  Anyone who does not receive documentation of a negative prior to their return to Massachusetts must quarantine until they have received documentation of a negative test result.  Documentation of negative test results should be provided to your child’s school nurse on Monday.

I also would like to remind everyone of the recommended precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Continue to wear a mask in public, wash your hands frequently and remain home if you exhibit any of the symptoms of COVID-19.  Unfortunately, we’ve seen a few instances over the vacation week where individuals who were exhibiting “mild” symptoms did not stay home, went about their normal activities and subsequently tested positive.  Staying home when exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms eliminates the need to quarantine others as close contacts and decreases the possibility of spreading COVID-19. 

Finally, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has issued updated guidance around the time people identified as “close contacts” need to spend in quarantine.  In accordance with the CDC, close contacts of individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 must quarantine for the time period listed below:

  • At least 7 days, provided that all of the following are satisfied:
    • They are tested (either polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or antigen test) on day 5 or later from their last exposure to the positive individual and receive a negative test result
    • They have not experienced any symptoms up to this point
    • They conduct active monitoring for symptoms through day 14, and self-isolate if new symptoms develop.
  • At least 10 days, provided that all of the following are satisfied:
    • They have not experienced any symptoms up to this point
    • They conduct active monitoring for symptoms through day 14 and self-isolate if new symptoms develop
    • No test is necessary under this option for the purposes of exiting quarantine
  • At least 14 days after the last exposure to the person who tested positive, if:
    • They have experienced any symptoms during the quarantine period, even if they have a negative COVID-19 test; or
    • They are unable to conduct active monitoring of symptoms.

Please consult the DESE’s Quick Reference Sheet and Protocols for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios for more information.

Sincerely,

Mike Harvey

Superintendent

Published by mascosuper

Superintendent of the Masconomet Regional School District

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