Covid Health Guidelines & Protocols

 

LATEST UPDATE: MAY 10, 2022

Quick Guide to COVID Mitigation

Scenario 1: Your child is feeling well today and they have had no known exposure to someone with COVID-19

  • You have completed a Daily Health Assessment and your child is asymptomatic
  • If it is the first day of the week, you have opted in to state testing, and their home antigen test was negative
  • Send them to school!
  • Masking is optional in indoor spaces on campus

Scenario 2: Your child has symptoms today

  • Your child has symptoms of illness as described on the Daily Health Assessment
  • Keep them home from school
  • Contact their primary care provider (PCP) for a consultation and follow instructions provided
  • Complete the Carroll Attendance form
  • Your child may return to school after a negative COVID test (rapid home antigen or lab/PCR), they have been fever-free for 24 hours, AND their symptoms have improved enough to allow them to manage a busy day
  • If your child is diagnosed with an illness other than COVID-19, they may return to school as directed by their PCP

Scenario 3: Your child has been identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19 but is asymptomatic

  • They may attend school
  • They must wear a mask on campus in all indoor spaces for 10 days after their last exposure to the positive individual
  • Consult with their primary care provider (PCP) - testing may be recommended depending on the type and degree of exposure
  • Monitor your child closely for symptoms (Daily Health Assessment) -- if they develop any symptoms, keep them home, consult their PCP, and test for COVID-19 (rapid home antigen or lab/PCR)

Scenario 4: Your child has tested positive for COVID-19

  • They must remain home in isolation for a minimum of 5 days
  • Consult with your primary care provide (PCP) and school nurse
  • They may return to school on Day 6 or after if they have been fever-free for the previous 24 hours, their symptoms have improved significantly, and they are feeling well enough to manage a busy school day
  • They must mask in all indoor spaces on Day 6 through Day 10
  • They do not have to test negative before return
  • They are exempted from weekly surveillance testing for 90 days




COVID Mitigation Protocols - Spring 2022

Daily Health Assessment/Symptom Check

As we continue to navigate through the ups and downs of the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to remind members of our Carroll community the importance of vigilance in identifying and managing symptoms of illness. Cases of flu, strep throat, gastrointestinal illness, and upper respiratory illnesses that are not COVID-19 related are being reported to our health offices. Although much of our recent focus has been on mitigating COVID-19, we want to minimize the risk of spread of any of these illnesses at school in order to reduce absences and missed work.

Continue to complete a health check each morning with your child to determine whether or not to send them to school. If they have symptoms of illness that could be COVID-related, plan to keep them home and contact their PCP for a consultation. COVID testing (either rapid home antigen or lab/PCR) is still recommended to identify positive cases, however other treatable illnesses should be considered even if COVID is ruled out.

Children diagnosed with flu, gastrointestinal illness or strep throat should remain home until cleared by their PCP to return to school. Students with upper respiratory illnesses (once determined not to be COVID) should also stay home until their symptoms are minimal and manageable (severe congestion, repetitive cough and persistent sore throats/headaches, for example, can interfere with a student’s ability to remain focused and participate in class).

MASKS

Our mask mandate shifted to “mask optional” on March 7th. We continue to support the personal family decisions on mask wearing made by all members of our Carroll Community.

There are some instances where we will continue to require masking - a procedure known as “situational masking”. The following protocols are consistent with guidance from the CDC and MDPH:

  • Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 but has been cleared by the school nurse to return to campus (after a minimum of 5 days) based on never having had symptoms, or whose symptoms have resolved, must wear a mask at school for the remainder of the 10-day COVID recovery period that started the day after the positive test result or the day after COVID symptoms began (usually Days 6-10)
  • Anyone who is identified as a close contact of an individual with COVID-19 must wear a mask at school and when around other people for a total of 10 days after the last day of exposure
  • Masks are required for all persons when inside the Health Centers on each of our campuses
TESTING
  • The state program for at-home surveillance testing has been extended to the end of the school year. If you have opted your child in, they will continue to receive iHealth test kits every two weeks for use prior to coming to school the first day of each week.
  • If you approved your child for symptomatic testing in school, nurses will test when appropriate and notify you of results.
  • Students who develop symptoms of illness must have a negative COVID-19 test (either rapid home antigen or lab/PCR) prior to return to school.
  • Students who are identified as close contacts should follow the instructions of their PCPs. Testing may be recommended at intervals based on the type and degree of exposure.
  • Students who test positive for COVID-19 do NOT need to test negative before returning to school.
CONTACT TRACING

In accordance with current MDPH and DESE guidance, contact tracing is no longer required and quarantine will not be required for any students or staff members related to any positive cases (apart from individuals positive for COVID).





Contact Us

Please feel free to contact any member of the Carroll nursing staff with questions or concerns.

Lower School  (781) 314-9811
    Kathy Glasheen, RN (email)
    Katie Smith, RN (email)

Middle School  (781) 314-9710
    Erin Hanley, RN (email)

Upper School & Carroll School Nurse Manager (781) 314-9836
    Donna Linstrom, RN (email)