February 9, 2022
Dear Sacred Heart Parents and Guardians,
As we are approaching the expiration of the mask mandate put out by DESE, expiring on February, 28th 2022, we have been closely monitoring the news and declining COVID-19 cases in our community as well as our school.
After lengthy meetings and discussions, beginning Monday, February 28th, 2022 masks will be optional for our students as well as our teachers. We understand our families may have different opinions about this decision and we will do our best to honor your personal wishes. As we have experienced over the past two years of this pandemic, this situation is ever changing and our policies continue to be fluid. Sacred Heart School is recommending the use of masks for students but at this time we believe that it is the parents who should make these decisions moving forward. We will support our teachers and students through this upcoming change.
Sacred Heart School will continue: increased cleaning protocols, promotion of handwashing, proper hygiene, and the Test At-Home Program provided by the state. Notification of any positive cases in your child’s class will be communicated by email, as we have done throughout the school year. We will continue to require visitors and parents entering the school to wear their masks.
We continue to ask that all families monitor their children daily for any symptoms, stay home when unwell and isolate if you become COVID positive. If your child has been recently vaccinated, please send the updated information to our school nurse at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for all of your patience and partnership as we navigate these difficult decisions.
Sr. Lydia Steele, Mrs. Chick & Mrs. Harris