Superintendent’s Update, 5/4/21

Dear Friends,

As we continue our great start to our return to in-person learning, I’d like to remind families of the importance of monitoring their children for symptoms of COVID-19.  With the return of students to in-person learning, we’ve also seen an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.  In some of these cases, the infected person was exhibiting symptoms before coming to school and therefore, should not have come into the building.  As a reminder, anyone with any of the following symptoms should remain at home and are recommended to be tested for COVID-19:

  • 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

We’ve worked hard to be able to return our students to in-person learning for the remainder of the school year.  It will take our continued commitment to following our health and safety protocols, including staying home when sick, mask-wearing, social distancing and hand-hygiene, to ensure we are all safe and to maintain our in-person model.  Thanks in advance for your cooperation. 

We’ve also received inquiries regarding information on vaccines. The COVID-19 vaccine is now available to anyone who is at least 16 years old. Our School Nursing Staff has put together this infographic to provide you with information regarding the COVID-19 vaccines:

Individuals who are fully vaccinated are also exempt from quarantining as a close contact unless they are exhibiting symptoms. Having more adults and students over 16 vaccinated lessens the likelihood of spreading COVID-19, so we urge anyone who is willing to get vaccinated.

Thanks, and May the Force Be With You,

Mike Harvey

Published by mascosuper

Superintendent of the Masconomet Regional School District

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