• QUARANTINE PROTOCOLS

     

  • Please see these flowcharts on COVID-19 positive case protocols here.

  • Confirmed Positive Case of COVID-19

    • Students confirmed as positive for COVID-19 must be isolated for at least 10 days and may return to school only after they have no fever for 24 hours, without fever-reducing medication, and improvement in all other symptoms.
    • Students in isolation due to a confirmed positive case will access tutoring during their time at home provided by BPS educators and an external partner if they are feeling well enough to participate.
  • Confirmed Close Contact of Positive Case of COVID-19 Outside of School

    • Students established as a close contact to a positive case of COVID-19 outside of school will follow the guidelines below according to their specific health situation:
        • VACCINATED Students actively monitor for symptoms for 10 days following the date of last exposure. 
            • Seek testing on or after day 5, as recommended by the CDC & Massachusetts Department of Public Health
            • Isolate if any symptoms occur, seek testing, if appropriate, and speak with their primary healthcare provider/clinic
            • Inform the school nurse or school leader
        • UNVACCINATED Students must quarantine for 10 days from the date of last exposure.
            • Seek testing on or after day 5, as recommended by the CDC & Massachusetts Department of Public Health
            • Inform the school nurse or school leader
            • If the contact is within the home, the unvaccinated close contact student’s quarantine will begin upon completing the positive household member’s isolation.
        • Within the 90 days before exposure, recently tested positive students are not required to quarantine.
            • Remain in school
            • Actively monitor for symptoms
            • Parents must inform the student’s school nurse and primary healthcare provider.
  • Confirmed Close Contact of Positive Case of COVID-19 in School

    • Students who are confirmed to be a close contact of a positive case of COVID-19 in school will not have to quarantine but will have the opportunity to test for five days and stay in school if they don’t have any symptoms, according to DESE guidance Test and Stay.
    • If a student does not participate in Test and Stay but instead quarantines at home, will be able to access online tutoring.
  • Quarantine Classroom or School

    • Any decision about potentially quarantining classrooms or schools will be made on a case-by-case basis with public health officials. Instructional support for students will be made in collaboration with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. 
  • Confirmed Positive Case of COVID-19 (Staff - as of 1/5/22)

    • Protocol for fully vaccinated staff members who test positive:
      • Is without a fever for 24 hours (without taking fever-reducing medication) and experienced improvement in other symptoms.
      • A negative rapid antigen test was taken on or after day 5.
      • Has followed the 5-day isolation period, individuals must consistently wear a well-fitting mask for 5 additional days when around others (until 10 days after the first positive test date).
      • If asymptomatic and fully vaccinated, self-isolation for COVID-19 positive cases is a minimum of 5 days after the first positive viral test.
      • Return to school: After 5 days and once they have:
    • Protocol for not fully vaccinated staff members who test positive:
      • Is without a fever for 24 hours (without taking fever-reducing medication) and experienced improvement in other symptoms.
      • A negative rapid antigen test taken on or after day 5.
      • Has followed the 7-day isolation period, individuals must consistently wear a well-fitting mask for 3 additional days when around others, until 10 days after the first positive test date.
      • If asymptomatic, self-isolation for COVID-19 positive cases is a minimum of 7 days after the first positive viral test.
      • Return to school: After 7 days once they have: