When to Stay Home
We are all connected and we rely on one another to stay well. If you are experiencing any illness or symptoms, you must stay at home.
Below is the full list of symptoms for which caregivers should monitor their children, and staff should monitor themselves.
- 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 causes, such as a 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
If you have any questions, an on-call nurse will be available between 6:00-8:00 am at 978-794-4842, or you can call your school nurse during school hours
Unvaccinated individuals and any close contacts presenting these symptoms should follow testing and quarantine response protocols as outlined in Section 2 of the August 13, 2021, DESE/DPH Protocols for Responding to COVID19 Scenarios SY21-22.
Vaccinated individuals who are not close contacts should follow the testing and quarantine response protocols if they are experiencing symptoms in bold. These individuals may also seek clinical guidance to assess the need for PCR testing if they have other symptoms on this list.
If your child has traveled outside of Massachusetts please follow the Commonwealth's COVID-19 Travel Advisory.
A list of test sites is available here, and Massachusetts also has an interactive testing map. If they are tested and receive positive results please notify your school nurse ASAP. You should also contact your child’s primary care provider for further instruction.
Of course, the normal reasons for dismissal/exclusion still apply. Please see the Reasons for Dismissal/Exclusion page for more information.