April 26, 2021 New DESE Guidelines on Quarantine

April 26, 2021 New DESE Guidelines on Quarantine
Posted on 04/26/2021
 April 26, 2021
Dear Parent or Caregiver,
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has updated their guidance as to who shall be quarantined following an exposure to an individual that has tested positive for COVID-19:
Close contacts who were exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual in the classroom or on the bus while both individuals were masked do not have to quarantine unless they were within 3 feet of distance of the COVID-19 positive individual for a total of 15 minutes during a 24-hour period. This does not apply if someone was identified as a close contact outside of the classroom or bus (e.g., in sports, extra-curriculars, lunch, etc.) or if masks are not worn by both persons at the time of the exposure. All other close contacts must follow the standard protocol for when a close contact may return to school.
For a positive case in the AEEP, contract tracing will commence and a recommendation as to the extent of the quarantine will be made at that time.
If your child has been identified as within 6 feet of distance of a COVID-19 positive person, but does not need to quarantine, you can expect to receive an email, sent to the address you provided on your child’s basic information sheet, containing additional information.
We will continue to work collaboratively with the Abington Director of Health for all cases of COVID-19 and will amend these procedures, as necessary.
Thank you,
Peter Schafer
PLEASE REMEMBER: 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:[1] [2]
❏      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
[1] Massachusetts DPH, Testing of Persons with Suspect COVID-19. (2020, May 13).