(CDC/DESE protocols may be released in the coming weeks and this guidance may be updated accordingly.) 9/1/2020
Parents/guardians should monitor students at home each morning for the most common symptoms of COVID-19. Valley West staff should self-monitor for symptoms.
❏Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills
❏ 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
IF NO SYMPTOMS:
1. Send student to school.
IF ANY SYMPTOM:
1. Do not send the student to school.
2. Call the VWS Health Office, and inform them student is staying home due to symptoms.
3. Current Massachusetts DPH guidance is that all symptomatic individuals
in Massachusetts, even those with mild symptoms, should be tested. An
individual who does not wish to be tested should instead isolate for 14
days and until asymptomatic.
4. The student should get tested at one of Massachusetts’s test sites. Sites
may require pre-screening, a referral, and/or an appointment.
5. Isolate at home until test results are returned.
6. Proceed as follows according to test results:
IF NEGATIVE: Student stays home until asymptomatic for 24
IF POSITIVE: Student should remain at home (except to get
medical care), monitor their symptoms, notify the school, notify
personal close contacts, assist the school in contact tracing efforts,
and answer the call from local board of health or Massachusetts
Community Tracing Collaborative. Most people who have
relatively mild illness will need to stay in self-isolation for at least
10 days and until at least 3 days have passed with no fever and
improvement in other symptoms.
Thank you for your cooperation!