Updated COVID-19 Policies and Procedures for 2021-2022 

In-Person Academic Instruction - Sacred Heart will continue with full in-person learning for  all students. We believe that in-person learning provides the most effective experience for all  students.  

Feel Sick? Stay Home - Faculty, staff, students and guests should not enter the building nor  participate in/attend school activities if sick. Students and everyone else who is feeling unwell  should stay home if they have any symptoms of COVID-19  

COVID-19 Symptoms List:  

  • Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills 
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath 
  • New loss of taste or smell 
  • Muscle aches or body aches 
  • Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough) 
  • Sore throat, when in combination with other symptoms 
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea when in combination with other symptoms
  • Headache, when in combination with other symptoms 
  • 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 

Face Coverings - Face coverings are mandated for all students (ages 3 and up), faculty, staff,  and guests regardless of vaccination status, while indoors, until further notice. This will be  reassessed by DESE on October 1st. 

Cleanliness - Throughout the school day, frequent cleaning and disinfecting procedures are on going on high touch surfaces (e.g., door handles, light switches, restroom facilities). Hand  sanitizer will be provided daily at drop off as well as frequently used during the day. Students are  encouraged to wash their hands with warm soapy water after using the bathroom. Please remind  your child of the importance of this practice.  

Travel - All members of the Sacred Heart Community are expected to follow the Massachusetts  state guidelines/recommendations (that are set forth by the CDC). We STRONGLY recommend  that your child be tested prior to return to school (3-5 days after returning from travel). Please  click the link to review this information prior to travelling:  https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-travel 

Communication - Our school nurse or an identified point of contact will contact parents by  phone if their child is identified as a close contact to a positive case of COVID-19 in school or  during a school-sponsored activity. A follow-up email will be sent which will include a consent  form for the Test and Stay Program or steps for quarantine if the student does not elect to  participate in the Test and Stay program. 

Student Health - If a student is not feeling well during the school day they should report to the  Nurse’s office. If a student’s symptoms are associated with COVID-19, they will be placed in an  isolation room and assessed by the nurse. If the nurse deems that the child’s symptoms warrant a test, then one will be administered only when the parent is notified and the parent has signed  the consent form for BINAX-NOW testing. https://www.cichealth.com/consent/ma?district=null 

If the child’s results are positive they will remain in the isolation room and a parent/guardian  will be called to have them picked up immediately. The child must isolate themselves for 10  days and may return to school on day 11 and once:  

1. Symptoms improve 

2. Fever Free without fever-reducing medicine for 24 hours. 

If the child’s results are negative they will either be sent back to class or will need to be picked  up and have a PCR test done or have the doctor make an alternative diagnosis. With a negative  PCR test and improvement in symptoms (fever-free 24 hours with no fever reducing medicine)  they may return to school.  

There are specific guidelines set forth by the state that determine if a student can stay in  school with a negative test result. Those guidelines may change but the current guidance is  below.  

*****UPDATE***** Initially students could self-administer the test.  This is no longer the case*** 

DESE PROTOCOLS  

Close Contact -  

  1. “Test and Stay” to Remain in School 
    • Duration: 7 days 
    • Test: rapid test daily on school days. Remain in school provided student tests negative and remains asymptomatic (must wear mask inside and out and have lunch a minimum of 3 feet away from others) 
    • Weekend Testing: only test on weekends if participating in an extracurricular school activity 
    • Quarantine: when outside of school setting 
    • Monitor for Symptoms: through day 14 
  2. Quarantine at Home and Test to Return to School (when opting out of test and stay option) 
    • Duration: quarantine at home for at least 7 days 
    • Test: on day 5 or later (PCR or rapid antigen test that is administered by doctor or at testing facility)
    • Return to School: on day 8, provided student stays asymptomatic and test was negative (must  have test results prior to return. Parent may email or scan results to Mrs. Skowron at  jskowron@sacredheartkingston.com
    • Monitor Symptoms: through day 14   Quarantine at Home, No Testing (when opting out of test and stay option) Duration: quarantine at home for 10 days
  3. Quarantine at Home, No Testing (when opting out of test and stay option)
    • Return to School: on day 11 provided student stays asymptomatic 
    • Monitor Symptoms: through day 14 

Symptomatic Individuals in school – 

When your child’s rapid antigen test result was NEGATIVE, which means they are likely  NEGATIVE for COVID-19. 

Next steps: 
For VACCINATED students who returned to class Your child tested negative on the rapid antigen test and did not have symptoms (as listed above). They returned to class for the remainder of the day. If your child’s symptoms worsen,  they should stay home and be evaluated by PCP for need for PCR testing. 

For UNVACCINATED students who returned to class  Your child tested negative on the rapid antigen test and only had one of the non-bolded symptoms (as listed above). They returned to class for the remainder of the day. If your child’s  symptoms worsen, they should stay home and be evaluated by PCP for need for PCR  testing. 

For VACCINATED students who MUST quarantine  Your child must quarantine as they tested negative on the rapid antigen test and but had  one of the symptoms in bold (as listed above). It is recommended that this negative test result be  confirmed with a PCR test. Please contact your healthcare provider to schedule this second  test within 48 hours of the antigen test. 

The quickest way to bring your child back to school is with a PCR test. They may return to school once: 

  1. They receive a negative PCR test or a doctor makes an alternative diagnosis and symptoms improve and 
  2. They are fever-free without fever-reducing meds for 24 hours 

For UNVACCINATED students who MUST quarantine  Your child tested negative on the rapid antigen test and but had one of the symptoms in  bold (as listed above), or a combination of symptoms. It is recommended that this negative test  result be confirmed with a PCR test. Please contact your healthcare provider to schedule  this second test within 48 hours of the antigen test.

The quickest way to bring your child back to school is with a PCR test. They may return to school once: 

  1. They receive a negative PCR test or a doctor makes an alternative diagnosis and symptoms improve and 
  2. They are fever-free without fever-reducing meds for 24 hours 

***Without a PCR test, your child may return to school on day 11 after 10 days in  quarantine, if they are symptom-free and have been fever-free without fever-reducing meds  for 24 hours.*** 

Massachusetts testing sites 
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/find-a-covid-19-test 

Symptoms of Covid-19 
Vaccinated individuals with symptoms in bold must quarantine, even with a negative BinaxNOW test. 

Unvaccinated individuals with symptoms must quarantine if they have any one symptom in  bold and/or any combination of symptoms not in bold. 

  • Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills 
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath 
  • New loss of taste or smell 
  • Muscle aches or body aches 
  • Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough) 
  • Sore throat, when in combination with other symptoms 
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea when in combination with other symptoms 
  • Headache, when in combination with other symptoms 
  • 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

Updated September 24, 2021