12.31.2021 QPS Newsletter

12.31.2021 QPS Newsletter
Posted on 12/31/2021

Dear Quincy Public Schools Students, Parents, Guardians and Staff,

It is our hope that you and your family had a healthy and restful winter break   We are excited to welcome our students back to school on Monday, January 3, 2022.  In the last week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), and the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) have updated the guidance regarding COVID-19 case isolation and quarantine.  In addition to the updated guidance, DESE has also provided KN95 masks for all staff.    

 

The following is a summary of the updated guidance: 

  • Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must isolate for 5 days regardless of vaccination status or symptoms.  If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you may return to work/school but should continue to wear a mask for 5 additional days.  If you still have a fever on day 5, you must continue to isolate until you are fever-free for 24 hours.  
  •  Vaccinated close contacts to positive COVID-19 cases should monitor themselves and family members for symptoms but may continue to attend work/school as long as they remain symptom-free.
  •  Unvaccinated in-school close contacts to positive COVID-19 cases may continue to attend school by participating in the QPS Test & Stay program.  Outside of school unvaccinated close contacts to positive COVID-19 cases or those who do not wish to participate in Test & Stay must quarantine for 5 days and may return to work/school on day six (6) if they remain symptom-free. 
  • It is recommended that anyone who has been exposed to COVID-19 seek testing on day five (5) following the exposure.  There are two options: a antigen test that may be self-administered at home and or a PCR test that will be proctored or performed by a healthcare professional. 
  •  For additional information regarding the updated isolation and quarantine protocols please click here.

We continue to encourage staff and students to participate in the Routine Pooled Testing and Test & Stay programs; please follow this link to sign up:  https://www.cic-health.com/consent/ma?district=nullAs always, your school nurse is the best resource for understanding the guidance, so please contact your school’s Health Office when you or a member of your household has symptoms.  Working together we can continue to be vigilant in keeping our schools safe and healthy for our students and staff in the new year.

Sincerely,

Kevin W. Mulvey 

Superintendent of Schools

 

Erin Perkins

 Assistant Superintendent